God loves us and calls us to take care of our fellow brothers and sisters. When we see someone in need, we should do all we can to help them and point them to Jesus. We can help meet their physical needs, but only Jesus can give them what they truly need: his love! One Ohio deputy is being praised as a hero after he went above and beyond his job to help out a homeless family on his own time and with his own money.
Deputy Brian Bussell spotted Tierra Gray and her family in the Butler County Sheriff’s Office’s lobby where he assumed they were just waiting for someone. But, when he noticed that they were still there hours later, he went over to them and asked if they needed any help. Gray that explained to Bussell that she and her family were evicted from their home in Oxford, Ohio and didn’t have a place to stay. Her story just broke his heart, and after struggling to find a place for the family to stay, Bussell he called a nearby hotel and booked the family a room for 10 nights. Not only that, but he paid for the hotel room with his own money.
Not only that but, Bussell went a step further and took the family to Walmart. He told them to pick out some new clothes and to call him when they were ready to check out. The boys asked him if they could buy shoes and he happily agreed.
His fellow officers were very proud of what Bussell had done, so they took to Facebook to share the story. “The lady had been evicted from her home in Oxford, Ohio where the children attend school,” a post on the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page reads. “She stated she is in the waiting process for assistance with housing and should know something by Wednesday. Deputy Bussell, with the assistance of Dispatch Supervisor Miranda Sheppard, tried several shelters and other avenues to get them a place to stay. ‘Most of the shelters were overcrowded or there was a time requirement to be there and we were past that,’ Deputy Bussell said.”
“He went to the Walmart when they were done and paid for everything,” said Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones. “This is a true act of kindness. He did not tell anyone at work what he had done but the lady took a picture with him and posted it on Facebook. That’s actually how we found out. It was shared so many times that I got a phone call asking if I knew what a generous gesture my deputy did. I am pleased that he was able to help this family out. This speaks volumes in light of all the recent negativity people are saying about law enforcement. I have some of the best employees here.”
Now, Gray and her family are getting back on their feet. The family was able to move into a new apartment and her husband found a job in Cincinnati. “It means something to me to be able to help others, but it’s just part of my job description,” Bussell said.
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