Paying It Forward: A Story That Began with Donut Holes
9-year old Brooke did not expect that her gratitude for a simple deed done to her by a police officer would make its way to national headlines.
When Brooke Yost wanted to buy a dozen donut holes, she didn’t think it would cost more than the money she had. Luckily, there was a state trooper behind her who offered to pay for the treat.
Brooke may have been grateful for the act of kindness but at that moment, it seemed that her shyness got the better of her because as soon as the donuts were paid, she ran out of the store immediately.
State Trooper Chad Savannah said, “When I paid for the donuts she ran out of the Sheetz. It was almost like she robbed the place, it was that quick.”
But Brooke did not rob the place. As a matter of fact, she ran home to pen an awe-inspiring letter.
The letter she wrote contained her gratitude as well as a $10 bill as a donation to the kind state trooper.
“I thanked him but I felt bad because I didn’t offer him the money I had. So I am donating this money,” the young lady wrote as part of the letter.
Little did she know, Patrol Commander Capt. Steve Ignatz read the mail and said, “I think everyone here was very moved by the kindness of this 9-year old.”
And because of that they collected $50 worth of donations and bought a Toys ‘R Us gift certificate to give to Brooke.
But being the kind hearted girl that she was, she did buy toys and then donated them to the Toys for Tots Charity.
Everyone at the station marvelled at her deed. This was why they pooled together gifts, took her on tour,
Her mother, Beth Yost said, “We are trying to teach [what’s] right.”
Proverbs 22:6 (New International Version)
Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.