A 41-year-old man named James Schweikhard was struggling to make ends meet in Oklahoma. He ended up moving to Lakewood, Colorado, with his 10-year-old daughter last August.
“I packed everything up that we own in the truck and there and we just drove here,” he told KUSA. “It was more of a risk staying in Oklahoma. I couldn’t get a job for anything, couldn’t get a place to live.”
Unfortunately, the move didn’t improve the family’s fortunes. The father-daughter duo were forced to live out of the truck, which eventually died. Schweikhard walked his daughter to school every day, but without reliable transportation, he lost his job.
School officials were concerned about the girl’s living conditions, so they called the police.
Lakewood Police Officer James Butler paid a visit to Schweikhard’s broken down vehicle.
“I saw them looking at my truck [and] I said, ‘Officers, what is going on?'” Schweikhard said. “[He] said, ‘We’re trying to help you.’ I said, ‘OK, I can accept that.’”
The police department connected the family with a shelter, and two companies have donated their services to help fix Schweikhard’s car.