Andre Sanders, whose wife died Wednesday night, said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring a generosity shown by the Middletown community and beyond.
“I’m not from Middletown, but this makes me wish I was from Middletown,” Sanders said this aftternoon as Middletown detectives and police officers unloaded a U-Haul truck full of presents, groceries and appliances at the family’s home.
“I thank everybody. This is a great community. They have come together to support us in our loss. If it wasn’t happening to me, I wouldn’t believe it. Just the way all of this has transpired and how we are being blessed,” he said.
Sanders said his wife, Jimeta Sanders, 31, was battling drug addiction and had recently been in treatment.
She was found dead in the family’s kitchen Wednesday night by one of their nine children, he said.
Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said the Butler County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause of death of Jimeta Sanders.
“Known drug dealers” were in the house in the 1400 block of Yankee Road on Wednesday and they left the woman to die, according to Muterspaw.
Middletown officers spent about one hour Friday unloading a truck full of items, including a refrigerator, into the home. The officers also cleaned the home’s kitchen.
On Thursday morning, after the story of Jimeta Sanders’ death was posted on the Middletown police Facebook page, people dropped off items and money at the station.
Before his wife’s death, Sanders said all they wanted for Christmas was a refrigerator, stove and some toys for their children, ages 1-14.