Police Officers Help Homeless Woman Celebrate Her Birthday in Heartwarming Video


She doesn’t have a home, other than the ferry terminal on Staten Island, New York.

She’s a fixture in the area — so well-recognized that the ferry terminal cops all know her by her first name, Lisa.

Being homeless often means feeling lonely.

Sure, a permanent home would be great, but having a community — a tribe of people to ease the nagging loneliness — that would be even better.

On June 21, Lisa had a birthday. And on June 21, Lisa realized she did have a community, in a not-so-typical way.

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The morning of June 21 dawned on Staten Island. Officer Leron Lee, 47, spied Lisa inside the terminal, as usual, her belongings laying inside a small shopping cart.

The officer approached her with words Lisa likely didn’t expect to hear.

“Lisa, Happy Birthday,” Lee said, remembering the date Lisa had told him weeks ago. “What would you like for your birthday?”

Lisa didn’t miss a beat, requesting a cheeseburger, fries and a Dr. Pepper. Lee said he was happy to oblige and was bringing her the meal when his co-workers spotted him.

“When I was walking back toward Lisa to give her the food, my co-workers saw me bringing the food and they started to razz me because they thought the food was for me,” Lee told the New York Post.

“I’m on a bit of a diet.”

When Lee explained the meal was for the birthday girl, his coworkers decided to join in on the celebration.

“So we all walked over to Lisa and started singing ‘Happy Birthday,’ and that’s how it came about,” Lee said.

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Lisa tucked into her birthday meal and delighted at the officers’ rendition of the tune. “That’s very nice,” she told them.

Behind the scenes, a woman with the Facebook name Mandie Dee captured the scene on video. She posted a clip of the officers singing to Lisa, warmed by the whole scene.


Mandie Dee wanted people to see the humanitarian side of police officers, public servants at heart.

“It’s a good reminder to our community that our officers truly do care about the public they serve every day,” Dee captioned the video.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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