Spreading kindness one sandwich at a time.
After saving up his allowance money for seven months, a 5-year-old boy from New Jersey treated local police officers for lunch.
William Evertz Jr. was inspired to help others after watching a YouTube video about someone donating money. He built up his allowance by helping his mom feed ducks and chicken.
His mother, Tara, emailed the Winslow Township Police Department about delivering lunch to the officers. On August 24, the officers welcomed William to the station as he treated them to Subway sandwiches for lunch.
“Happy kindness day,” William told the officers. “I want to be a police officer. They keep us safe.”
The officers gave the boy a police shirt and his own special key for the police entrance. It was part of the experience of making William feel like he was part of the force.
“We need good police officers like you,” Police Chief George Smith said, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. “I can’t wait until you’re old enough so we can hire you.”
After his visit to the station, William received a ride home in a police car with lights and siren.
This random act of kindness has been on display all summer as local police departments have stepped up their efforts to improve relations with the communities they serve. By reaching out to more people, law enforcement officers are showing that cops can have a positive impact on the community.
In addition to buying lunch for the police, William also plans to donate supplies and money to local organizations in need.
“He wants to help people, he likes being kind,” Lt. Chris Dubler told Philadelphia television station KYW-TV.“When we all signed up for this job that was our thing — we want to help people and I think he’s going to do a good job.”