Police Officer Spends $150 On Cold Weather Supplies For Homeless Man

March 12, 2024

Today's good news story comes from Gwinnett County, Georgia.

In a heartening display of compassion and generosity, a Gwinnett County police officer is receiving widespread praise on social media for his selfless act towards a homeless man facing bitter cold nights. The touching incident was captured on the officer's body camera, showcasing the extraordinary lengths Sgt. Todd Heller went to help someone in need.

The video begins with Sgt. Heller approaching the homeless man, who holds a sign that reads, "Waiting on a blessing," on the side of the road. In a simple yet profound gesture, Heller asked if the man wanted a blanket. The two exchanged a handshake, and Heller warmly invited the man into his patrol car.

As they drove to Walmart, Sgt. Heller took the time to review the upcoming week's overnight weather, revealing temperatures as low as 16 degrees Fahrenheit. Heller spent over $150 of his own money to purchase essential cold-weather provisions for the homeless man. The thoughtful items included an insulated sleeping bag, toe warmers, thick socks, and more.

During their interaction, Heller even offered canned goods, which the grateful man declined, saying, "You did enough, man." The touching exchange continued in the Walmart parking lot, where Heller bid the man farewell, expressing well wishes for the future.

"You were waiting on a blessing, right?" Heller said. "God blessed you today. You just didn't know it was gonna be me."

Watch the bodycam video below.

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