After bad things happen in the world, I think a lot of us always ask ourselves, How can I help? How can I make this better? And this is no different for kids.
Whether we choose to share the recent tragedies with our children or not, we can sometimes underestimate just how much they’re listening and watching us, and just how much they understand. But as we’ve seen with the little girl who tried to donate her clothes to children living in poverty or the boy who decided to knit hats for cancer patients, their immediate reaction is to help, which is a reassuring quality of human nature if you think about it.
This was the same motivation for one sweet 5-year-old from Winslow Township, New Jersey. Little William Evertz originally had his eye on a Power Wheels police car. After talking with his parents, he decided to save up the money for it by completing chores around the house, such as feeding chickens and ducks, sweeping outside, and helping his dad wash the car.
But after William eventually earned a portion of the money, he changed his mind about buying the toy altogether. Instead — inspired by a YouTube video he watched of someone helping the homeless — little William vowed to do good and declared August 24th “Kindness Day.”
That day, William, with his family in tow, set out on his first stop: the Winslow Township Police Station.
He used his hard-earned allowance money to buy the entire police department lunch, which included sandwiches, drinks, and snacks from Subway. Wanting to become a police officer himself one day, William donned a police shirt and enthusiastically spoke with the officers, explaining his liking towards the profession, “’cause they keep us safe.”
The 72 happily fed police officers were just as smitten with William as he was with them. “We need good police officers like you,” Chief George Smith told William, according to Philly.com. “I can’t wait until you’re old enough so we can hire you.”
“He wants to help people, he likes being kind,” adds Lt. Chris Dubler. “When we all signed up for this job that was our thing — we want to help people and I think he’s going to do a good job.”
According to Philly.com, the cops declared William as an honorary officer and gave him a few tokens of memorabilia including a backpack, pens, and magnets. The Winslow Township Police Department also commended William’s efforts on Facebook, which has since received 1.8K likes and 380 shares. “Williams’s actions are remarkable for anyone, let alone a 5-year-old,” reads the post. “Winslow Twp PD commends William for his acts of kindness and his parents for raising such a great kid.”
Keeping with the theme of the day, William went on to donate school supplies and toys to a domestic violence shelter, food to an animal shelter, and $25 to a family to help with daycare. “I got so much toys, I’m taking them to the kids,” William described in a truly altruistic manner.
And just when we thought the chain of giving was over, the Winslow Township police officers offered a surprise of their own. Just days after their much-appreciated lunch, the department decided to give William a mini police car of his own! Complete with a personalized “Winslow Township” logo across the side, the gift was offered as a “thank you for lunch and being such a great kid,” according to the police department’s latest Facebook post.
Of course, the local policemen aren’t the only ones who are proud of William’s kindness. In a quote given to CBS Philly, William’s mom, Tara, expressed her compassion for her son’s actions. “He’s 5. I think a lot of people should take a page out of his book and just be kind to everybody.”
And maybe that’s exactly what we should be taking away from these pay-it-forward stories. When kids decide to take initiative, their acts of kindness are usually small ones because, well, they’re only kids after all. But if we all do little things to help and support others, the world will be filled with a lot more joy than hate.
h/t: Huffington Post