On behalf of the men and women of the Marietta Police Department, I would like to express our deepest appreciation for the staff of the Center for Family Resources.
On Monday, two MPD officers were investigating a call they had received regarding two juveniles who had been kicked out of a local motel where their parents had placed them. The juveniles were in the process of trying to move their families’ meager belongings to a local park then wait for their parents, who were away working to earn enough money to pay for another day’s stay at the motel.
Even though the father had asked the manager to allow the children to stay in the motel until he returned and the manager had agreed, the manager was kicking the children out earlier than he had agreed with the father.
To make matters worse, when the officers accompanied the juveniles to the room from which they were being ejected, they found four more children, ages 2 to 15, in the room. There was no food of any kind in the room and all six children were starving.
All six children were extremely polite and courteous and they were just staying where their parents told them to stay until the parents could earn enough to pay for the room another night.
The officers got the manager to abide by his original agreement and allow the children to stay for a few more hours. Nevertheless, the children were starving and the officers were considering buying food for them themselves.
Before they did that however, Officer Michael Humfleet, decided to see if anyone at Cobb Family Resources would be willing to help. He went to the center, apprised the staff of the situation and he later explained to me what happened next: “Without hesitation, the (CFR) staff went into action. They gave me every bit of 100 pounds of food for this family and never gave it a thought.”
Although he is a very experienced street-savvy officer, he further said “I truly consider the staff at this center heroes. They were all smiling and helping in any way they could. In today’s world it is very rare to find a group of people that can and do make a difference for these children. I am not easily touched, but this brought a sense of peace to me today. I cannot tell you how blessed I feel to have this center and that staff within our city.”
I want to thank everyone at the CFR who had a part in this heartwarming act of kindness that saved the day for a destitute starving family, and in the process touched the heart of a member of the Marietta Police Department family.
Chief Dan Flynn
Marietta Police Department