Everyday Heroes

Cop Shares His Lunch With Homeless Woman

When a passerby saw the sweet moment between two strangers, she knew she had to share it with the world.

Much of the work that police officers do in our communities goes unnoticed. Patrolling the roads, responding to emergency calls, filling out paperwork – most of their day-to-day work is essential, but not always exciting or remarkable.

That's why, when Goldsboro, NC resident Cassie Lea Parker saw an exchange between a local police officer and a homeless woman, she quickly pulled out her phone to capture the moment.

Parker snapped a photo of a Goldsboro PD officer, who sat down to share his lunch with the woman. The two appeared to be talking like they were old friends as they ate pizza and sipped sodas by the side of the road.

Later, Parker's friend Chris Barnes shared the photo in a Facebook post.

"Goldsboro's Finest enjoying lunch with a homeless person," Barnes wrote. "Law enforcement does so much for our community, with a lot of it going unnoticed. We see you Goldsboro P.D. Keep up the good work."

The Goldsboro Police Department quickly took notice and shared the photo on their own social media pages. They identified the man in the photo as Officer Michael Rivers, who has been praised before for doing acts of kindness in the community.

Both posts were liked and shared thousands of times. Comments poured in from all over the world, many thanking Officer Rivers for his compassion and some even offered help to the homeless woman in the photo.

"Great pic," Caudillo Pullydo GeeNa wrote. "We sometimes need daily reminders of humanity at its best. Thanks for sharing. 💗💯🙏🏼"

"We saw this on the local news here in Cleveland,Ohio," Meg Margaret Doherty said. "Officer Rivers, you represent all that is good and kind in this world. Kudos. Our prayers for the homeless woman, may she find shelter soon."

Officer Rivers is known for helping others in his community. Goldsboro Police/Facebook

What a beautiful story of someone taking the time to show they care – even if it's a gesture as small as sharing a pizza. We can all learn a thing or two from Officer Rivers. Always be kind and act like no one is watching. The goodness that comes from moments like these can change the world.

How can you start something good?

Inspired by Officer Rivers'? Why not take his lead and make it a point to treat others in your community with compassion and respect, no matter their situation.

It can be a gesture as simple as saying hello to a person in need when you see them. Or, you can take the extra step and offer to share food with them, like Officer Rivers did.

All it takes is a little bit of kindness to #StartSomethingGood.

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