A heartwarming act of kindness by Officer Joel Perez of the Ansonia Police Department went viral on social media.
The incident occurred when Officer Perez approached a little boy named Landen, who was selling lemonade, cookies, and brownies on the street.
Officer Perez asked Landen why he was selling lemonade, and the little boy replied that he was saving money to buy a new pair of blue sneakers for school.
Officer Perez then asked for Landen’s shoe size and left.
After a few hours, Officer Perez returned to Landen’s lemonade stand and surprised him with a box of brand new, store-bought, blue sneakers.
Landen was surprised and couldn’t believe his eyes, but he was incredibly grateful for the gift. Landen’s grandmother captured the moment in a photo that quickly went viral on social media.
Officer Perez, a former military police officer, joined the Ansonia Police Department last March and has already made a positive impact in his community.
He said, “Giving back is not only a blessing but a daily reminder of where I came from. Landen, I hope you enjoy your new sneakers and never forget how great of a kid you are. May God bless you and continue protecting you and your family!”
This heartwarming incident shows the value of teaching children the importance of hard work and earning money.
Landen learned the value of his hard-earned money and the kindness of strangers like Officer Perez.
“He made my baby’s day yesterday and not only that, he made him feel like a king,” Wendelyn Narvaez said of Officer Perez.
Days later Narvaez shared a photo of Landen happily sporting his new sneakers.
Ansonia Police Chief Wayne Williams responded to Perez’s act of kindness by saying officers like Perez “are the types of officers that we are all looking to hire.”
As parents, we should teach our children the value of money and the importance of being grateful for what we have. Landen’s story is a reminder that even small acts of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s life.
It is so true. We often hear the bad things that police officers do, but not the good things. This was such a kind gesture.
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