Compassion In the Christmas Season

Hayden Carlo has been struggling to survive. Working hard to support his family, this father of two says his faith in God has been restored. This restoration happened in an unexpected way. According to NBC News, Carlo, like many Americans, has been making choices between food and other necessities.

One of those choices resulted in him being pulled over in Plano, Texas for an expired car registration. An unidentified police officer issued the warning citation in accordance with Texas law.

Carlo explained to the policeman that he could not buy food for his family and pay the registration. Before handing Carlo the citation, the policeman slipped a hundred dollar bill in with it.

“I said, ‘It was either feed my kids or get my registration done,'” Carlo, a 25-year-old father of two children, told

When Carlo opened the citation, he found the money and said that he “broke down” at the sight of the unexpected gift. This show of compassion in a routine traffic stop was a man-made miracle for Carlo.

“He helped me out when I needed it, and I appreciate that,” Carlo told KHOU. “I’ll never forget the man. It definitely restored my faith in God.”

According to NBC, the officer does not want to be identified.

Plano Police Department spokesperson David Tilley said the policeman’s actions were “purely out of the goodness of his heart” and the officer told him that he felt the driver needed the money more than he did.