A penniless Miami mom desperate to feed her hungry family was nearly arrested while trying to steal $300 worth of groceries, but the responding officer decided to help her instead.
Officer Vicki Thomas arrived on the scene last month, and when Jessica Robles admitted the food was for her starving family, Thomas sent her home with a misdemeanor citation and $100 worth of groceries.
Since news of Thomas’s act of kindness has spread, good will offers of money, food, and even a job have poured into the Robles household.
‘I made the decision to buy her some groceries because arresting her wasn’t going to solve the problem with her children being hungry,’ Thomas, a 23-year veteran on the force, told WSVN.
Robles’ 12-year-old daughter Anais shared the family’s dire situation with the Miami FOX affiliate.
‘[It’s] not fun,’ she said tearfully, ‘to see my brother in the dirt hungry, asking for food, and we have to tell him, “There is nothing here.”‘
Thomas informed Robles of Church food pantries and other places she could get food to feed her children without stealing.
‘To see them go through the bags when we brought them in, it was like Christmas,’ she said. ‘That $100 to me was worth it.’
Thomas left them with one request.
‘The only thing I asked of her is, when she gets on her feet, that she help someone else out,’ Thomas said. ‘And she said she would.’
But Robles’ good fortune didn’t end there.
After news of her situation and of Thomas’s good deed spread, offers of money and food began to come in.
Robles made a return trip to a grocery store, but this time it was with some members of the community who raised $700 for her to spend at the store.
And the mother of four even got to keep what was left over.
While Robles certainly needs the cash, she’ll now be making her own money with a new job she landed at a local call center after the owner heard her story.
John Challenor of phonedoctor.com invited Robles in to see her resume and hired her as a customer service rep on the spot.
‘There’s no words,’ Robles told Challenor through tears, ‘how grateful I am that you took your time and helped somebody out. Especially somebody like me.’
This is so beautiful.
Remember guys…we all need to Pay it Forward in any way we can. Big or Small.