A homeless mother of two asked a police officer whether it was legal to sleep in her car. But the conversation didn’t stop there.

It’s really easy to feel all alone in life, especially when going through hardship. But sometimes the best thing we can do is allow ourselves to ask for help, like Michigan mom Erin Harrison did.

Harrison worked at a McDonald’s in Walled Lake, Michigan. But her pay wasn’t enough to cover rent. And she and her twin daughters ended up homeless.

Sleeping in her car

Erin was doing whatever she could to save money, and so she and the girls slept in her car for a few nights. The car was parked right outside of the girls’ school, but she wasn’t sure what she was doing was even legal.

So, she did the only thing she could think to do — she asked police officer Heather Kolke. “She started asking me legal questions. So of course 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. They were homeless,” said Sergeant Heather Kolke.

Moms helping moms

Heather, also a mom, knew she had to help. “As a mom, I knew I had to get her a place to stay,” she said. She then enlisted the help of fellow police officers, and found Erin and her daughters a temporary place to stay, as well as gift cards to help her make ends meet. That wasn’t all though: They even got her a job interview and went with her to the interview for moral support.

Heather wasn’t done yet though.  She also planned a birthday party for twins Hayden and Abigail, with local businesses donating balloons, cake, and pizza.

The spirit of community is still alive

The whole community ultimately got involved, raising $2,500 in cash, as well as clothes for the kids, and items for their new home once they were able to get one.

“It warms my heart to know that there are people out there who care. I feel like I was connected with Sgt. Kolke through God. It is a reminder there are good people in the world,” shared Harrison.

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