Theresa West, a mother of three adopted children, found herself in a dire situation in 2017 when her family went three days without food. Despite seeking help from churches and other organizations, she was unable to receive any assistance. Out of desperation, she stole food from a grocery store for her children.
West suffered from a traumatic brain injury, which prevented her from working. When the police arrived at her home after the grocery store employees reported her, they listened to her story and investigated her claims. Instead of being reprimanded, she received the support of the police officers.
Senior Corporal Keith Bradshaw of the Hillsborough Police Department was moved by West’s situation and decided to help. Along with his partner, they used their own money to buy groceries for West and her children, spending a total of $140.
After West posted bail, she returned to a refrigerator full of food, and the police department asked for donations for West and her family. The overwhelming response prompted the Hillsborough Police to direct people to their local food bank or social services for donations.
West referred to her experience as a miracle, expressing her gratitude for the kindness shown to her and her family. The generosity of Bradshaw and his partner, along with the outpouring of support from the community, highlights the importance of lending a helping hand to those in need. It serves as a reminder that small acts of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s life.