This past holiday season, a Pennsylvania State Trooper and a 9-year-old girl created a wave of kindness, starting with nothing but a box of donut holes and a heartfelt note.
The wheel of events began turning when 9-year-old Brooke Yoast found herself at a local Sheets gas station, attempting to purchase a dozen donut holes. Unfortunately, Brooke didn’t have enough money— but that’s when Pennsylvania State Trooper Chad Savannah decided to step in.
“I asked to clerk if she would put the bill with my stuff and I would take care of it,” Savannah told CBS Pittsburgh.
Brooke surprised everyone when she beelined from the gas station, forgetting the donut holes all together! Little did anyone know, she had something up her sleeve…
“When I paid for the donuts and she ran out of Sheetz, it was almost like she robbed the place. It was that quick.”
It turns out that Brooke was so surprised by the state trooper’s kindness that she immediately ran home to write a letter thanking him and sent it to his department. Inside the envelope, she included a $10 bill to repay the officer for his good deed.
The letter read, “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. I thanked him but 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.”
Patrol Commander Steve Ignatz was the officer who opened the letter at the department. He told CBS Pittsburgh, “I think everyone here was very moved by the kindness of this 9-year-old.” As a response to Brooke’s heartwarming letter, the police department came together to buy her a $50 gift card to Toys ‘R’ Us and delivered it with a letter thanking her.
Now, you’d think this would be the end of the story, but Brooke decided to go the extra mile. Instead of using the gift card to purchase toys her herself, the thoughtful little girl purchased $50 dollars of toys and donated them to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program instead.
After hearing about Brooke’s second good deed, Pennsylvania State Troopers invited her back to their department once more, where she was given a pile of gifts and a personal tour of the station.
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