UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
WACO -- In response to an uptick in crime in Waco, more organizations are popping up trying to do something about it. The latest group is Mothers Against Crime.
The founder, 57-year-old Bonnie Thompson, says when she hears about a shooting, stabbing or theft in Waco.
She immediately worries about the silent victim: the family.
"Your phone rings, and someone's child just got killed, someone's child got life without parole. Either way, it goes, long term confinement or death, we are losing a generation," says Thompson.
Thompson looks back at old photos of her son who is behind bars for illegal gun possession. Thompson says reality hit when police rushed her porch, knocking out her doors and widow and taking her son for 18 years.
That's why she started Mother's Against Crime.
"My son still has breath in his body. Therefore, I felt that I needed to reach out to the families to help them get closure."
The group is partnering with other organizations to mentor children but also helps families by meeting their physical needs.
"To help these single mothers, to let them know they are not alone. [We provide] school clothes, school supplies."
Thompson says dozens of families have already called her for help, and news of Mothers Against Crime has influenced communities in Dallas and California to start a similar program.