You never know when one act of kindness can change the lives of others for the best. When 9-year-old Brooke stepped away from a Sheetz gas station cash register after realizing she didn’t have enough money to pay for a dozen donut holes, one upstanding state trooper offered to help. Chad Savannah was standing behind her in line and generously paid for the girl’s sweet treats.
Brooke was so surprised by the act of kindness that she excitedly ran out of the gas station—without her donut holes! Savannah continued to go about his day, but little did he know, Brooke had actually run home to write a letter to his police department, expressing her gratitude for what he did for her.
“My name is Brooke and I am 9 years old. I was at Sheetz and didn’t have enough money. A nice police officer behind me kindly paid for my item,” wrote Brooke in her letter as reported by KDKA-TV. “I thanked him but I felt bad because I didn’t offer him the money I had. So I am donating this money. I want to thank this officer again. Stay safe, Brooke.”
Savannah’s patrol commander saw Brooke’s letter in the mail and was shocked to find that it came with a $10 bill. Brooke wanted the money that Savannah spent on her donut holes to be donated. The uplifting series of events didn’t end there.
“Everyone here was very moved by the kindness of this nine-year-old,” the patrol commander said during an interview with KDKA-TV CBS Pittsburgh.
Savannah and his department collected $50 and a Toys R Us gift card and sent it to Brooke to thank her for her thoughtful letter and gift.
Butler state troopers commended a 9-year-old Butler girl today for her generosity.
Find out what she did: https://t.co/M5rBgZIjDJ pic.twitter.com/jtjqKICWt4
— Butler Eagle (@ButlerEagle) December 15, 2017
To everyone’s surprise, Brooke refused to spend the money and gift card. She instead decided to head to the toy store, buy $50 worth of toys and donate them to Toys for Tots.
Impressed by Brooke’s good deed, the officers invited her to the station. They gave her more donuts and gifts—and made her promise to keep at least some of them for herself.
What a thoughtful little girl! We hope the kindness chain keeps on going.