Ohio deputy goes out of his way to help homeless family

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cop Puts Homeless Family Up In Hotel Room, Buys Them Food, Clothing On His Own Dime.

Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Bussell of Butler County, Ohio is being hailed as a selfless Samaritan after he gave a homeless family shelter, clothing, shoes, and food. The deputy vowed to help Tierra Gray and her two sons get back on their feet while they figured out their housing situation. “He told me that he was going to help and that we were going to get everything we need taken care of, and I just cried,” Gray told the news outlet. “I was like, ‘Thank God, you are the angel I have been praying for all night.’” Bussell came upon Gray and her children in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office, where they had slept Saturday night.

The officer called several shelters to try and find the family housing, but “Most of the shelters were overcrowded or there was a time requirement to be there and we were past that,” said Bussell. When approached by Bussell, Gray told WCPO “[I thought he was] going to say, ‘You guys can’t be here any longer, you have to find something else.’” That was not the case. According to Gray, the day ended with a shopping spree: new shoes and clothes for the kids, toiletries, snacks, and money out of the deputy’s own wallet. Paul police officers in Minnesota, pooled together money to fund a hotel room for Kim Washington, a homeless woman, and her three children and two grandchildren.

Washington drove her family from Florida back to her home state of Minnesota after she decided to flee from a domestic violence situation with her boyfriend. All 6 were living in Washington’s SUV in a parking lot because local homeless shelters were full. “I wasn’t a big fan of the police, but them helping allowed us to view them in a different light and say, ‘Yes, they really do want to protect and serve,’” Washington told KMSP. “It was really nice.” Earlier in September, Kentucky State Police trooper Joseph Ponder pulled over driver Joseph Johnson-Shanks, and when the trooper realized Mr. Johnson-Shanks was driving with a suspended license, the lawman tried to arrange lodging for the man and his three passengers, one woman and two children.

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