- A stranded family in a Texas snowstorm could not afford to stay at a local hotel.
- Deputies who assisted at the hotel request, chipped in to pay the family’s stay and other Twitter users followed suit with offers.
- Texas is currently experiencing widespread blackouts.
When the deputies were called to assist at a local hotel, they instinctively performed an act of kindness. The case? A stranded family cannot afford to pay a hotel room in the middle of a winter storm.
From the photo of Captain Marcus Kinnard-Bing, La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Houston Cy-Fair in Houston requested for the authorities as they had a patron that could not afford one of their rooms for the night.
Outside, a snowstorm was raging.
The five deputies who answered the call would not allow the family to be out there in the cold. As Kinnard-Bing explained in his tweet, “Being that he has a family with small children and the inclement weather, deputies paid out of their pocket for the family to have a room for the night.”
From this act of kindness, what followed was a deluge of help for the stranded family. One offered to pay for more nights if the family needed more. As one Twitter user wrote, “Great job by those deputies. @HCSO_D5Patrol Capt. Kinnard-Bing, if you can have someone cruise by there and see if those folks need a room tomorrow night, please contact me if they do. I’d like to pay for it for them.”
Still another user offered to cover Saturday or a meal for the family.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez commended his deputies for their compassion and wrote, “These random acts of kindness make all the difference these days.”
The Lone Star State has been left with no power from the winter storm. Its aftermath has left at least 37 Texans dead.
Texans have now been advised to reduce energy usage, boil water, and stay warm with insulated layers of clothing.
Warming centers have been set up and the National Guard have been deployed to direct people to these warming stations and to conduct welfare checks. Texans are asked to Dial 2-1-1 to find warming centers near them.