Odessa Police Officer throws birthday party for local homeless man
On Saturday an Odessa police officer and his family threw a local homeless man a birthday party he will never forget.
Cpl. Roland Heyne and his wife prepared decorations, presents, and cake for Anthony Ramsey who turned 37.
Anthony can't remember the last time he's had a celebration like this one.
"I can’t believe it, everybody that’s done this for me, surprised me, and you know, I never had this done before," said Anthony. "I appreciate the people who did this for me and really care about me.”
Cpl. Heyne and Anthony first met a month ago at a local 7-Eleven store that he frequents while on duty.
He was captivated by Anthony's giving heart and kindness and in no time at all the two quickly became friends.
“A lot of people have had interactions [with Anthony], where he’s given them a lot, and given them labor and assistance in things," Roland explained. "I think to myself, Anthony, everything he owns is pretty much what you see on him right now. It’s what he’s wearing, it’s what he’s carrying with him and at the end of the night he has to sleep on the ground. I thought to myself, if anybody deserves to have something given back on their birthday it’s Anthony.”
Five months ago, Anthony rode on his bicycle from Brady to Odessa in hopes of finding work. He’s been able to find side jobs here and there, but nothing permanent.
Now with Cpl. Heyne’s help, he’s more hopeful than ever that he will be back on his feet in no time.
“I would like to see personally beyond Anthony more of our Christian groups here and organizations get together and try to find a way to streamline the process to help fight homelessness here in the Permian Basin,” said Heyne.
The Heyne family would like to give a special thanks to all of those who made Anthony's birthday a success.
"I think good people people came together and saw a person that needed a good birthday and that's what they did, gave him a good birthday, I'm very grateful for that," Heyne said with proudly.
Although Anthony has been actively searching for a permanent job, he has yet to find one. If you know of a business who’s hiring and willing to give him an opportunity please contact DeAnn Lopez at 432-813-6987.
The Heyne family has also setup a PayPal account for Anthony that can be found