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Officer lends helping hand to hungry family

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With three small mouths to feed and no food in the fridge, Faith Dashner was at the end of her rope.  But a call to the police department turned out to be her saving grace.  And now she's telling others about the officer with a big heart.

Faith's husband Pete called police on Saturday to tell them his wife wanted to take her own life. She was extremely upset because there wasn't enough food to feed their family.

"I said that's it, I'm done, I don't want to be here anymore," says Faith.  "Just leave me alone."

TPD Officer Mel Woods answered that Saturday call, and says the Dashner's story touched his heart.

"I told my wife at home, I've got something on my mind. Young kids told me they were hungry and you know what, I didn't do nothing. But I'm going to go back tomorrow...and I did."

The following day he brought a hundred dollars worth of food to their home just to make sure the family would have something to eat.

"It was about the children. Whey they said they hadn't ate, and didn't have any transportation to go get anything, that will touch your heart," says Woods.

"All the tear works started to come out.  I said 'Mel, you didn't have to do this'.  But he said I did it because I was thinking about you guys," says Faith.

Faith and her husband don't know how they can thank Woods for all he's done, but they promise to try.  His co-workers call him an inspiration to everyone, and a walking example of true kindness.

"There are nice cops out there," says Faith.  "He went way beyond the call of duty."

**Food and gift card donations for this family can be sent or taken to Compelled Church**

The address is 8970 Jackman Road, Temperance, MI 48182

The church CANNOT accept monetary donations, but leaders will make sure any food or gift cards get to the Dashner family. For more info, contact Pastor Rick Flood at 734-850-0051.

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