For many of us, food like pizza and hamburgers make an easy and enjoyable meal that you can get pretty much anywhere. You can just stop at any fast food restaurant and get it whenever you please.
But for some people, especially those that are homeless and hungry, things like a fast-food dollar menu item is actually something that is very difficult to get.
Luckily, this homeless woman had a lucky day when this cop stopped by to share a slice of his pie and a good conversation.
Cassie Lea Parker, snapped this kind interaction of her boyfriend, Chris Barnes on her lunch break. Since posting this photo it has gone viral.
“Cassie was out on her lunch break and observed Goldsboro’s Finest enjoying lunch with a homeless person. Law enforcement does so much for our community, with a lot of it going unnoticed. We see you Goldsboro P.D. Keep up the good work.”
During these unpredictable times, many people are in a state of survival and looking out for themselves. This small act of kindness of a cop sharing his lunch with a homeless woman helps us restore our faith in humanity. It’s these types of actions that bring the kindness we need into this world.
Officer Michael Rivers has spent the last nine years with the Goldsboro Police Department in North Carolina, and that time has been spent wisely. Not one to turn a blind eye, he’s come to know the faces, if not always the names, of all the homeless folks living on the streets in his community.
But on the day that photo was taken, Officer Rivers saw a homeless woman he’d never seen before. The shirt she was wearing caught his eye. It read: “Homeless. The fastest way of becoming a nobody.”
She wasn’t a nobody, and he wasn’t going to stand for that nonsense!
Since the windows on his cruiser were down, he made eye contact with her and that’s when the two acknowledged each other with a casual “Hey.”
“God put it on my heart to get her lunch. So I turned around and I asked her, ‘Hey, did you eat today?’ And she said, ‘No.'”
The woman, who was having lunch with the officer identified herself as Michelle. She would just so happen to be his lunch date for the next 45 minutes. Somewhere in between sharing the delicious slices of pepperoni pizza, they exchanged life stories.
Since posting the photo on Facebook, the heartfelt comments came flying in.
@Tinks Gill wrote:
“Learn from this beautiful interaction. Acknowledge the homeless, don’t forget they’re people just like you and me. There’s nothing wrong with a warm smile and a friendly hello. A little chit-chat doesn’t hurt either.”
Not only have people been sharing the love with this officer on social media, but people are actually taking the old-school route and sending Officer Rivers hand-written letters! Human kindness is rampant everywhere you just have to stop and look for it.
“Letters that were sent to me today in reference the Facebook post by Cassie Lea Parker and CNN. A lot of People have been reaching out and it’s so amazing to see what one picture has done. #spreadthelove”
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