A single Michigan mother of two girls whose car had remained almost permanently parked outside her daughters’ elementary school one day asked a passing-by police officer a question—and it changed everything for her and her kids.
Police Sgt. Heather Kolke stopped outside the parking lot of Walled Lake Elementary School on Sept. 12, 2017, when Erin Harrison asked her whether it was illegal for her to sleep in her car with her kids outside their elementary school?
Sgt. Kolke recalled the interaction: “I started asking more questions of her and discovered she was going to be sleeping in the car tonight so she could get the kids to school in the morning,” she told 7 Action News. “They were homeless.”
Harrison, who’s been working at a nearby McDonald’s for four years in order to feed and support her 8-year-old twin daughters, says increasing rent prices have made it impossible for her to keep paying the rent.
The family of three live in their car, which Harrison keeps parked outside the school so her daughters, Hayden and Abbigale, have no problems getting to class.
As a mother herself, the concerned sergeant decided she had to find her a place to stay. Seeing what help she could muster up, Sgt. Kolke took out her phone, and what unfolded was life-changing.
A news report followed by a heartwarming community reaction saw Harrison gain a fighting chance at getting back on her feet again.
Clothes have been donated to Harrison’s daughters, and $2,500 has been raised by the local community for the family.
A father, Eddie Osram, and his children happened to see Harrison’s story, and his children asked if they could help.
Osram recalled telling his children, “let me see what I can do.” Osram called a few of his business contacts, who told him they’ll do “whatever it takes” to help this lady and her kids.
Osram says that whenever Harrison needs help, she only needs to ask. “We unite to help each other. That’s what makes this country the greatest country in the world.”
Moreover, Osram’s children donated $341 to Harrison’s children, which is the combined total of all their savings.
Speaking to 7 Action News, Harrison says, “it melts my heart to know that there are people out there that care.”
Overwhelmed by the outpouring of kindness from the community, Harrison was brought to tears and said: “I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. It means the world to my girls to get somewhere.”
It turns out that the upcoming Saturday was the girls’ 9th birthday, which is quite timely, especially because one kind person offered to take the girls out on a $1,000 shopping spree.
Harrison, who had told her girls that she couldn’t afford to get them anything for their birthday, was quite emotional with all this unexpected aid, including from the local police.
“Balloons donated by Party City, a cake from Buttercream Bakery. They said their favorite food was Pizza Hut. They donated pizza,” said Sgt. Kolke.
One officer even set Harrison up with a job interview at a company that can give her a better wage.
Harrison says the money donated to her will be used to get the girls into a proper home.
No updates were provided on whether Harrison has a new place to stay, though we can assume that Sgt. Kolke would certainly make sure to find the mom and daughters a proper place to live.
Isn’t it nice when people band together to help each other out? When each individual acts from the heart, the combined effort is truly heartwarming.
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