When a mother of two spent Saturday night at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio, she said it was the lowest point of her life, but little did she know that it would also be a life-changing night that would help move her small family in a better direct, thanks to the help of a generous deputy.
After recently being evicted from their home, Tierra Gray took her two children to a homeless shelter only to be turned away because the shelter was already full. With nowhere left to go and no one to ask for help, Gray went to the local sheriff’s office.
As her children slept on the chairs in the lobby of the jail, Gray spent the night praying.
“I was just like Lord, what is it that I am supposed to do? What am I supposed to do right now? My kids are here sleeping inside of a jail lobby. I never thought I’d go through that, I mean, to that point. That right there was my breaking point,” Gray said.
The next morning, Deputy Brian Bussell called Gray into his office. She fully expected him to tell her it was time for them to go, but that wasn’t at all how the conversation went.
“He told me that he was going to help and that we were going to get everything we need taken care of, and I just cried,” Gray said. “I was like, ‘Thank God, you are the angel I have been praying for all night.’”
Bussell loaded Gray and her kids up into his police cruiser, bought them groceries, a hotel room for the next week and a half and took the kids on a shopping spree for clothes, shoes, toiletries and other essentials. And all of the money spent on Gray and her children came straight from Bussell’s own pockets.
It wasn’t until Gray shared the story on Facebook – and it was subsequently picked up by local media – that Bussell’s actions were even publicly acknowledged.
“There are good cops,” Gray said. “They’re still out there. They’re still heroes to our children.”
Gray, whose husband has since found a job in Cincinnati and hoping to earn enough to save for a vehicle, said she is just really grateful for what Bussell did, adding that “prayer goes a long way.”
[ WLWT ]