When a Kansas police officer responded to a routine call about a woman shoplifting from a Wal-Mart, he did something incredible, solely out of the kindness in his heart.
When officer Mark Engravalle arrived to the Wal-Mart in Roeland Park, Kansas, he found Sarah Robinson, along with her six children, and quickly realized the woman accused of shoplifting was both doing it against her will, and in need of some help.
Robinson told officer Engravalle that her husband had died in an accidental drowning in 2011, and that the family had been struggling majorly to get by since the tragedy. Robinson broke down into tears as she told Engravalle that she and her six children were homeless, and living out of a car. The officer also noticed three of the children were not wearing any shoes, and their feet were covered in dirt.
What officer Engravalle did next will give you all the feels.
He didn’t have to pick up the tab for the nearly $300 worth of diapers, children’s shoes, baby wipes, and other essentials for Sarah Robinson, but Mark Engravalle did. Because that’s what generosity is – making someone’s day when they can’t make it on their own.
“Obviously she is going through a tough time,” Engravalle told KSHB News in Kansas City. “Wal-Mart might see her as a criminal, but I just saw her as a mom going through a really difficult time.”
The petty ticket Engravalle wrote for Robinson is still pending in Roeland Park Municipal Court, but in the meantime, the police force has set up a special hotline to collect donations for Sarah Robinson and her family. Hopefully, it will be the first step in helping the Robinsons find some semblance of life without financial struggles.
All aboard the feels bus!