AUSTIN (KXAN) — After an act of kindness by Austin police officers, a mom of four has a message for those who feel like they’ve lost all hope: you’re not alone.
“I come from nothing,” said Ashley Foxworth, who is a single mom of four children. Her youngest is six-months-old and her oldest is six. “Me and my kids were homeless for a while and we’re still building. And for people to help — to have that big of a heart — it means a lot to me, especially coming from the police and the community. I didn’t know that people cared that much and it’s beautiful.”
Austin police responded to her apartment located at 13635 Rutledge Spur on March 4 around 9 a.m., after receiving a call about a mom in distress.
“I took her aside to try to talk to her and to understand what problems she was having to try to help her out and to understand the situation she was dealing with,” said Officer Francisco Jimenez. He was on the call with his colleage, Officer Smith.
Upon seeing the situation, Smith went to a local grocery store and purchased about $100 worth of wipes, diapers, baby formula, water and other toiletries for the family. Jimenez said he tried to pay give him money to share the cost, but Smith refused.
“We just noticed she could use a hand with some things that were missing inside of the apartment that are essential for taking care of children and not that it was for the lack of trying because we noticed that she was an incredible mother.”
But the help didn’t stop there.
Jimenez reached out Officer Bino Cadenas to see what other donations he could round up for the family because they noticed Foxworth was missing furniture. She explained that she has been through a hard time the past year.
But when she decided to make that call and ask for help, it changed her life.
The officers were able to gather twin beds, a couch, new bedding, children’s books, toys, stuffed animals and diapers. She thanked Cadenas and Jimenez with eyes full of tears.
“Y’all are here to protect and serve and honestly from past experiences, I didn’t know, I didn’t think that was what y’all were doing but you are protecting and you are serving and you’re continuing to serve the community and I’m very grateful,” Foxworth said.
Her story impacted Officer Jimenez and Smith emotionally, which he said is what inspired them to do anything to help her.
“I saw how hard she was trying to take care of her children but she’s also trying to take care of herself and it’s so hard when you’re doing it by yourself and you have such a heavy responsibility on your shoulders,” Jimenez said. “It is truly our job, but it’s our passion too or else we wouldn’t do what we do. Officers put their lives on the line to serve and protect the community and we honestly believe that.”
If you or a loved one is struggling, Austin police recommend calling 911 or reaching out to them for help.