PADUCAH, Ky. (LEX 18) — A photo posted by the Paducah Cooperative Ministry is breaking hearts and is being shared widely on social media.
The photo of an elderly man and a police officer tells the story of compassion and how a community can come together to make a difference.
The man, only identified as Earl, was brought to the organization by Paducah police officer Matt Scheer. Earl usually goes to the police station when he has no food in his house. If the officers have anything around the station, they give it to Earl. On this day, sadly, there was no food to be found.
Officer Scheer drove Earl to the Cooperative Ministry.
"This is the story of Earl’s visit. (1) We learned that he’s 86. He lives alone. He has no family and takes care of himself. He’s quiet and moves slowly. He doesn’t have a car and we’re too far to walk. (2) He got his groceries from the Emergency Food Pantry. (3) Officer Scheer took him home. (4) Everybody pitched in," reads a post by the organization's Facebook page. "There’s more to Earl’s story than this, but it’s what we know."
If you would like to donate to the Paducah Cooperative Ministry to help people like Earl, check out their website here.