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S.C. police deliver SUV full of groceries to struggling family

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Cpl. Adam Randolph and David Tedrow fill a cart with items at Deal Mart (Courtesy: Chief Keith Grounsell) Cpl. Adam Randolph and David Tedrow fill a cart with items at Deal Mart (Courtesy: Chief Keith Grounsell)
Cpl. Adam Randolph and David Tedrow fill a cart with items at Deal Mart (Courtesy: Chief Keith Grounsell) Cpl. Adam Randolph and David Tedrow fill a cart with items at Deal Mart (Courtesy: Chief Keith Grounsell)
Cpl. Adam Randolph and David Tedrow purchase items at Deal Mart (Courtesy: Chief Keith Grounsell) Cpl. Adam Randolph and David Tedrow purchase items at Deal Mart (Courtesy: Chief Keith Grounsell)
Simpsonville police, in South Carolina, load groceries at Deal Mart (Courtesy: Chief Keith Grounsell) Simpsonville police, in South Carolina, load groceries at Deal Mart (Courtesy: Chief Keith Grounsell)

Most news stories about police conducting a welfare check at a child's residence do not have happy endings. This one does.

A struggling single-mom and her two young children have a full pantry thanks to the generosity of Simpsonville police officers and a local grocery store.

Chief Keith Grounsell said officers responded to the call for a welfare check at a home and found the children safe and sound, along with a mom who was trying her best but not quite able to make ends meet.

“They didn't have much food in the fridge and in the pantry,” Grounsell said. “We wanted to do more.”

So the police jumped into take action.

Grounsell said he quickly contacted the folks at the Deal Mart in Simpsonville and then he, Cpl. Adam Randolph and David Tedrow embarked on a mission to provide some extra help to the mom and her children.

The officers loaded an SUV with food and other necessities from Deal Mart and took them to the family, who Grounsell said was very grateful.

“Before we left I was able to get a hug from a precious 3-year-old little girl, making it all worth the effort,” Grounsell said.

The mission wasn't over though.

Grounsell said officers also had plans to help the struggling mom replace a battery in the car.

An act of kindness like this one is not an uncommon police department.

Grounsell said officers perform similar services about once a week when situations allow them to. Those stories often don't make the news headlines, and Grounsell said there's a reason for that.

“We don't do it for the recognition,” Grounsell said.

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