A Texas police officer went beyond the call of duty after learning that a young boy walking alone in an Austin parking lot was out “getting snacks” for a younger sibling.
Officer James was on patrol when he was alerted to a young child who was reportedly walking alone in a parking lot, the Austin Police Department said.
After approaching the boy, officer James learned that he went to the corner store alone because he was “getting snacks for a younger sibling.” Police said that the officer drove the young boy home, “concerned for the child’s safety.”
After arriving at the residence, officer James observed that the family appeared to be “going through difficult financial times.”
That’s when police said he went to a popular supermarket and purchased groceries for the family using his own money.
“He took it upon himself to go to supermarket and bought a basket full of groceries and snacks that the boys would be able to fix without turning on the gas stove,” police said in a Facebook post. “He also got some things that a parent would be able to cook for them.”
Officer James also spoke to the children in the home about safety and warned them against leaving home without an adult.