Police Officer William Stacy’s kindness to starving Alabama mother Helen Johnson whom he caught stealing eggs from a Dollar General store captured the nation’s attention earlier this week. Rather than arresting Johnson, Stacy bought the eggs for her and the hugs they shared afterward went viral after a passer-by caught it on video.
But the story was not over and it got even better on Wednesday when Stacy and some of his colleagues arrived at the 47-year-old mother’s home with two truckloads of food to keep Johnson and her children and grandchildren fed through the holidays. Speaking to Al.com, Johnson said:
The last time I saw my house this full, I was 12-years-old and staying with my grandmother.
The reaction to Johnson and Stacy’s viral hug was so huge that Tarrant Police Chief Dennie Reno decided to bring in a second police dispatch officer, just to take the calls of donations for Johnson and her family, coming in from the around the country. Officer Stacy told Al.com:
As of right now, with all the stuff going on in Ferguson and New York and all over the US, it’s good to have this kind of story. It gives a positive image for law enforcement.
Here is the now-famous video:
Police officers also set up a fund at People’s First Federal Credit Union in Tarrant, Alabama, with all the money coming in to be handed to the Johnson family. Reno told Al.Com:
It’s growing and growing and growing. A guy called me from New York and just broke down. He said for two months he’s been angry with police, and he said this has totally changed his mind.
Reno added that the best thing to come out of the heartwarming episode was that Johnson would not be forced to steal food to feed her family, especially during the Holidays. He told Al.com:
This woman’s getting plenty of food. She shouldn’t be hungry for a while.
Johnson feeds her two daughters, niece and two grandchildren, ages 1 and 3, with her welfare check of $120 a month.
1. Officer William Stacy with Helen Johnson after donated food was delivered to her. Tarrant Police officers including Officer William Stacy deliver bags of food to Helen Johnson on Wednesday.
2. Helen Johnson gets emotional as she unpacks donated food in her kitchen. Stacy bought the one dozen eggs that Johnson stole from a local store and didn’t arrest her. The act to kindness was recorded and Johnson says it changed her life.
3. Helen Johnson thanks Tarrant Police officer William Stacy with a hug in her kitchen after he had delivered two truckloads of food for her and her family.
4. Officer Willaim Stacy hugs a still crying Helen Johnson as she watches another officer bring more donated food to her house. Johnson’s granddaughter Tamarose Johnson, 3, smiles at the front door as she watches too.
5. Alabama officer William Stacy bought a carton of eggs for a woman caught shoplifting on Sunday after the store she was at decided not to press charges.
6. When it comes to cop of the year, William Stacy has a pretty decent shot.
7. The officer from Tarrant, Alabama, was called to the local Dollar General store on Saturday for a shoplifting incident. However upon arriving, he quickly switched from policeman to nice guy.
8. This is the moment Stacy handed the eggs to the woman and told her what he’d done.
9. Footage taken by a Dollar General customer shows the two hugging before parting ways.
10. The touching incident occurred at the Dollar General in Tarrant, Alabama, on Sunday.
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