Committing a crime can lead to jail time. Rarely do criminals ever get off easy for breaking the law.
However, there are good people in the world willing to show mercy to these lawbreakers. Many of them do this by being kind toward the person in hopes that they will get back on the right track.
Take Sylvia Robinson, for instance. The 89-year-old woman of Dracut — a small town in Massachusetts — was led to help out a troubled young man.
The man wasn’t someone she knew. It wasn’t even someone she’d met.
Robinson first learned about 19-year-old Cameron McCormack by reading the Lowell Sun newspaper. The teenager had been arrested for robbing a 25-year-old man he met online.
As the story goes, McCormack met with the victim at a baseball field in Lowell and held him at gunpoint using a pellet gun.
He admitted to robbing the man of $26 but said he only did it out of desperation.
It was toward the end of the year and the teen needed money to fund his rent. Turning to a life of crime was apparently the only solution he could think of at the time.
His actions were clearly wrong, and yet Robinson still saw some good in him. He was just a young guy who needed someone to show that they cared about his situation.
Touched by the armed robber’s honesty, the 89-year-old woman decided to write him a check for $100. As a retired pastor herself, Robinson wanted to make a change in McCormack’s life.
Perhaps she’d faced a similar situation at some point during her life. Maybe she knew the fear and stress that comes with not being able to make ends meet.
“We hope he won’t do it again because he knows there are people who care,” she said. “I don’t know him, I just know he’s a young man who could use a little help.”
Robinson also said she wanted her kindness to touch the lives of other people.
“I hope what I did will inspire other people to give to someone they don’t know … But they should know that their gift is helping.”
This woman has set an example for all of us that it’s okay to be there for people who may have lost their way.
Yes, people with criminal intentions should be punished for their actions, but love and compassion may be what they truly need to make a change in life.
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