Local business lends helping hand to brothers

Posted By: Brent BonFleur


It’s a parent’s worst nightmare – a phone call telling you one of your children is hurt.

That’s the call Erika Robles got last Friday, after her son, 12-year-old Drew, got in an accident on his bike.

"My heart kind of sunk," Robles said, who moved to Lincoln from a rough Omaha neighborhood in January.

She said she wanted a safer environment for her sons to grow up in.

Drew and his younger brother, Sean, were riding home from a vacation bible school program at Lincoln Berean Church when the accident happened.

They were trying to cross a street near 50th and Old Cheney when an oncoming car didn’t stop.

Sean was fine, but Drew had to swerve to avoid being hit. He lost control on the slick sidewalk and fell, hurting his knee and drawing a nasty gash on his elbow.

Little did Robles know about the Good Samaritan working across the street who helped her son.

"He told me that the business he fell in front of came out and took care of him," Robles said.

"So I had to find out who they were and thank them."

The mystery do-gooder? Terrie Brownson, owner of Supreme Surface Countertops and Tile, who cleaned and bandaged Drew’s wound on the spot.

"Natural instincts kicked in," said Brownson, a mother and grandmother.

"I went, ‘Oh, no, no – he’s not alright. He needs to come over here and we need to get him fixed up.’"

A week later, after getting some advice from a public Facebook post asking how they could give back, Robles and her sons hopped in the car with a dozen fresh donuts, a card, and a hand-written ‘Thank You’ letter to deliver to Brownson.

"Oh, my goodness!" Brownson exclaimed, as the boys surprised her at work with the gifts.

"Everybody here will love them!"

After more than a few hugs and photos, the boys left with a promise from Brownson.

"If you’re in the area, stop in and we’ll get you some water, or you can use the restroom," she told them.

"If you’re down here biking anymore."

As for Erika Robles, she says she’s glad someone was there in her son’s time of need.

"I just feel so blessed," she said.

"I am so grateful and just so happy that… these people still exist."