…moved to tears by the simple gesture of a boy…
The police see a LOT of things in the course of a day. So it has to take something completely unique to really catch them off-guard.
But that’s exactly what happened to the officers at one Charlotte, North Carolina station last fall. It started like an ordinary day and then became one they would never forget.
The disrupting force? A five-year-old named Jayden Hooker.
Hooker is a very socially aware child. He knew of all of the tension between the community and the police department.
He knew there were demonstrations and people were being hurt. In fact, he was woken up in the middle of one night by the sounds of violence in the streets, and in the sky.
Understandably, he was scared. But he wasn’t just scared for himself.
Hooker felt that if he were scared, the police must be too. So he concocted a plan with the help of his mom.
He asked his mother to take him down to the local police station to give them donuts and hugs. He didn’t want them to be scared anymore.
Hooker told ABC News, “I’m happy the police officers didn’t get really hurt. I want you to stay safe and I don’t want anybody to hurt you.”
When Hooker walked in to the station, he didn’t need to say a thing. He was wearing a sign that said, quite simply, “Free Hugs.”
He didn’t know anyone who worked at the station. He just had that innate connection with humanity and knew that these people were most likely hurting inside.
Many officers took him up on the offer. Others were moved to tears by the simple gesture of a boy trying to make the world a better place.
Hooker’s actions show us what caring and community is truly all about. Who can we offer a hug or even just a smile to today?