Just days before turning 9 years old, Samya
McLaughlin of Detroit, Michigan, sat with her grandmother and watched news coverage
of the devastating July 7 shootings of Dallas police officers. The news hit her
hard, and after discussing the situation with her mother and how she felt about
it, she was moved to do something for local police.
“I was thinking that I should feed the police officers because
I wanted to show them that I support them and I thank them for all that they
do,” Samya said. “I wanted to show them that all lives
So this little girl—who isn’t even in the double
digits, age-wise—used her birthday money to buy the supplies to make bagged
lunches for local officers. The lunches consisted of a sandwich, fruit, a cookie
and chips. On July 9, the day before her birthday, Samya delivered the
lunches to officers in the 11th Precinct.
The officers were, of course, incredibly touched.
As Officer Norma Black put it, “To have such a small body with such a
large heart and want to share her birthday with us like that, it was phenomenal.”
Samya was thanked profusely, given a special badge and named
“Officer of the Day” with a special certificate and everything.
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As for her parents, well, how could they not be beaming? Samya’s dad, Sam Walker, said, “It makes you feel proud. She has a big
heart and she knows how to care, and she knows how to appreciate what’s going
But the story doesn’t end there.
Samya’s act of
kindness had a ripple effect. According to Officer Black, “Since Samya did
this for us, we've gotten a lot of phone calls about churches wanting to send
us food and other people thanking us, so she has really fostered togetherness.''
Samya’s kind gesture brings to mind the words of Shakespeare
(and Willy Wonka), “So shines a good deed in a weary world.” May we all be
inspired by this kind and thoughtful child.