MIAMI TWP., Ohio (FOX19) - A Miami Township police officer used money out of her own pocket to come to the aid of a 71-year-old woman living in her truck a Meijer parking lot.
Paula Ober woman lost her home and had nowhere to go with her cat, Imma.
The parking lot, she said, was her only option.
People noticed her and wanted to help. They brought her food and gift cards.
Miami Township Police Officer Annie Morgan also noticed and stepped up to make sure Ober had temporary housing.
“Several officers had contact with her. They were made aware of her being over there so periodically they would check on her make sure she was OK there day or night depending on when they saw her parked,” Morgan said.
According to the GoFundMe set up for her, Ober fell on hard times when she lost her home of 21 years in foreclosure earlier this year.
She spent most of her remaining savings staying at a motel until she ran out of money and then took up residency in her truck in the parking lot of Meijer.
“Because that was the only place that was right then,” Ober said.
Officer Morgan felt compelled to do something to help.
“It’s a great example of what our officers do all the time," said Miami Township Police Chief Mike Mills. “Officer Morgan went well above and beyond. When she got her into housing she use her own credit card to pay for the first week.”
Now, Ober has a roof over her head thanks to Officer Morgan and a community coming together.
The GoFundMe was created to raise money to keep her in the temporary quarters until she can get into an assisted living center.
To help, donate on the GoFundMe page or drop off donations at Miami Township Police Department, 5900 McPicken Dr.
Checks should be made payable to Miami Township Police Association.