My 7-year-old has a piggy bank in his room that is filled with nickels and dimes that he snatches from my husband’s pockets every day after work. He currently wants to save up and buy a race car; last week it was to buy a dirt bike. It’s so sweet to watch him learning about how money works and also using his ever-evolving imagination to dream up what cool things he can do with his coins.
One little girl in Longmont, Colorado knows exactly what I mean. Four-year-old Sidney Fahrenbruch — the same adorable kid who famously called the police to check for monsters under her bed over the summer — is making headlines again for doing something really cool with her jar of nickels and dimes.
According to the Longmont Police Department’s Facebook page, Sidney made a donation to a police fund for Officer Kyle Zulauf, an Army veteran and father of three who’s currently battling pancreatic cancer. Sidney’s mom, Megan Fahrenbruch, tells Babble that ever since the “monster check” by Officer David Bonday back in July, Sidney has been a regular visitor to the local precinct.
“She has been visiting the police department off and on since she was 3,” Fahrenbuch tells Babble. “When she visits the police station, she walks around and says hello to everyone. She also goes down to the garbage and checks out the police cars.”
The Longmont Police Department has been fundraising to help Officer Zulauf pay down his medical bills while he battles cancer and were so touched by Sidney’s donation that they posted about it on Facebook last week.
“Many of you will recall Sidney (4 years old), who made national news when Longmont Police Officer Bonday came to her house to search out and remove monsters in her new home,” the post begins. “Today, Sidney was back at the department with a different purpose. She brought the contents of her piggy bank for Officer Bonday to provide to our fundraiser for one of our officers who has been diagnosed with cancer. Words are not available for what this means to us.”
In case you’re wondering, Sidney’s total donation added up to be about $9 of hard-earned coins, plus a whole lot of adoration and love from a pretty cool little kid.
“Sidney has learned generosity at a very early age,” her mom tells Babble. “She has a big heart already at the age of 4.”
She certainly does.