Jessica Robles, the woman on the left, is a mother from Miami who was so desperate to feed her hungry children that she tried to steal $300 worth of groceries. The woman on the right is Miami-Dade County Police Officer Vicki Thomas who responded to the shoplifting call. She was about to arrest Jessica but after running her criminal history (and discovering the lack thereof) changed her mind and bought her $100 worth of groceries instead.
I made the decision to buy her some groceries because arresting her wasn’t going to solve the problem with her children being hungry.
Jessica has three children, ages 12, 5 and 2. Her boyfriend, who had lost his job, was receiving assistance but the aid stopped due to a paperwork issue. When asked why she tried to steal the food, she replied, “My children are hungry.”
So, with her own money, Officer Thomas bought Jessica’s family groceries with the promise that when she gets on her feet, she’ll help someone else out. But that’s not the end of the story.
When word spread about what happened, people donated another $700 for Jessica to spend at the grocery store. A local business owner then invited her for an interview and hired Jessica on the spot as a customer service rep.
There’s no words how grateful I am that you took your time and helped somebody out. Especially somebody like me.
This is a perfect example of what happens when people stop judging others and start lending a hand to their fellow humans.
THE SQUARES – WEEK 42
It’s a nice grouping of squares this week, if I do say so myself! Square one is a little bobble SC-TR combo. Square three is a corner for the alphabet blanket, along with the “Y” for square seven. Y? Because it’s almost done! Square four is a free Red Heart pattern called Sunrise Sunset. When I think back to the first time I tried this pattern, I really notice how much my crochet skills have improved. I couldn’t make it work, no matter how hard I tried.
Square Count: 294
Bonus Squares: 2