History is about learning the past to understand the present to make a better future…one person, one act at a time to make a better world!
Police officer, Ben Hall, pulled over a car in Emmett Township, Michigan, when he noticed a 5-year-old girl in the backseat who was wearing a seatbelt but wasn’t in the proper booster seat.
The little girl’s mother, Lexi DeLorenzo, explained the series of unfortunate events that included her fiancé losing his job and being diagnosed with cancer, living paycheck to paycheck on income from Lexi’s part-time job, and having their car repossessed. Unfortunately, she just couldn’t afford a booster seat.
Instead of giving her a ticket, Ben asked Lexi to meet him at a nearby Walmart. While they were there, Ben bought a booster seat for the child, paying for it out of his own pocket.
About the Good, Ben said, “She was telling me that she hit a rough patch. I know that writing a citation wasn’t going to solve the problem. The biggest thing I wanted to do is give the child a reliable and dependable booster seat and giving someone a ticket is not going to fix that.”
“It was an unforgettable experience,”Lexi said.“I’ve never heard of a cop going out of his way —when he could have easily given me a ticket and made things more difficult. He, out of his own pocket and the kindness of his heart, did something to help me.”
Lexi shared that the kind cop’s actions changed her life by giving her more than just a booster seat. He gave her hope as well, which is way better than a ticket, if you ask us.
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Michelle Skillings has been visiting her son’s grave almost every day since he died of SIDS in 2008. Even on days when she simply needs to clear her mind, she will seek solace at the Bellevue Cemetery, sitting on a bench at his gravesite to reflect.
To celebrate what would have been her son’s birthday, Michelle’s family and friends decorated the gravesite with flowers, balloons, some matchbox cars, and a teddy bear. But two days later, much to Michelle’s shock and chagrin, the gravesite was vandalized. The flowers, balloons, and toys – all gone. For Michelle, it only made her day harder…at least, until she saw what had been left behind.
A note, along with a 20 dollar bill, had been left for her. Someone, apparently, noticed the vandalized grave and wanted to help.
Michelle has no idea who left the note, but the little Act of Good has truly touched her heart and, as she said, “…means so much more than just this.”
Image by Chris Palmer