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Police officer buys groceries for family after finding hungry child in store parking lot

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An Austin police officer is being praised for an act of kindness that has gone viral on social media.

According to NEWS4 San Antonio, Officer James Riley says he was on patrol when he was flagged down by someone who noticed a 9-year-old boy alone in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven store.

“He’s like here’s another $20. So I went through and got things kids like to eat.”

Riley says the child told him, “He came down to get some snacks for him and his brother. And I said ok.”

He gave the child a ride home. “I had noticed, well remembered, he wanted some snacks and I’m thinking to myself I will show them how to get their own snacks out of the pantry here.”

Officer Riley told Austin media outlet KTBC that once inside the house, he realized the family was in need. He decided he would go to the store and buy groceries.

“Call my Sgt. let him know what I’m doing and he said head over there and count me in for $20. I ran into officer Hobbs, told him what I was doing. I mean, I’m in uniform with a grocery cart and he’s like here’s another $20. So I can went through and got things kids like to eat.”

A picture of the grocery cart filled with groceries has been liked and shared thousands of times.

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