On September 20, 2016, Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot by a police officer. The shooting sparked both peaceful protest and violent riots in Charlotte, North Carolina over a period of 2 nights. Multiple police officers and civilians were injured in the unrest.
5-year-old Jayden was listening to the radio in the car with his mom, Deanna Hooker, and heard about the wounded officers. In the midst of violence and confusion, he responded with love.
Just like the 1st grader who wrote a heartwarming “thank you” note to his local police department, young Jayden decided he’d extend some kindness to the Charlotte cops. Mom Deanna tells his story in the Facebook post below:
“I wanted to share a little story and shed some love and light on a very tough time for us in Charlotte, NC. Our streets are at war with protests and division has led to destruction and violence in our city.
My son heard helicopters and sirens all night and woke up crying. We decided to send him to school the next day to offer normalcy in a tough time for our city. On the way he heard about police getting injured from protests on the radio. He asked me if he could bring the police donuts and give them hugs for all they do.
It is amazing how much children can teach us during times like this.
I respected his wishes and took him to the Charlotte PD where he gave out hugs and donuts and told every officer he appreciated all they do to keep us safe. This is love in its purest form and what our world needs right now.”
As Deanna said, we can all learn from the love of a child.
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