On Saturday, June 11, a police officer paid for a hotel room for a homeless woman.
When Officer John-Paul Dorais of the Meriden Police Department in Connecticut came across the homeless woman sleeping in a shed on Broad St., he knew he had to do something about it.
According to the department’s Facebook page, Officer Dorais took the woman to the Comfort Inn & Suites and bought her a room; he paid for it using his own money.
That night, the woman was able to sleep comfortably in a bed.
Dorais’s partner, Officer Jeff Witkin, took a photo of the random act of kindness while Dorais was solidifying the payment with the desk clerk.
The photo was posted to the Meriden Police Department’s Facebook page on Sunday, June 12, and it has since received over 5,000 likes with more than 1,000 shares.
Facebook users were also very pleased about Dorais’s act of kindness.
“We need more people like him in this crazy world of ours thank you for helping one lady if each one of us did some sort of giving what a better place we would have,” a Facebook user wrote.
“Thank you Officer Dorais! It is men and women like yourself that truly make a difference in our communities! It is so refreshing to see your kind acts and I’m sure many more that go unnoticed!” wrote another.
Meriden Police Department were also pleased with Dorais, saying, “Officer Dorais’s act of kindness exemplifies what the men and women of the Meriden Police Department stand for, and we are proud of him and all our officers who do these kinds of deeds that are seldom recognized.”
“Great job, Officer Dorais!” the Department wrote on its Facebook page.