Hugs for Heroes

Every day, men and women across the nation risk their lives to serve and protect the citizens of the United States. After five police officers were killed last year in the Dallas, Texas massacre, seven-year-old Rosalyn Baldwin set out on a mission to spread love to police departments in every single state.

When Rosalyn approached her mother over a year ago, Angie Baldwin had no idea what they were in store for. Saying she’s a little girl but has a big heart, Rosalyn enlisted the help of her parents in her effort to give as many hugs to as many officers as she could. Announcing that she wanted to hug police officers in every single nation on earth, Rosalyn’s parents suggested it might be best to start with a local police station in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana.

But Rosalyn persisted that she needed to hug more officers. So with her mom, Angie, behind the wheel, Rosalyn has traveled across the country by car, stopping in every town to visit the heroes of each local community. Though the journey has been a long one, Rosalyn’s mom says it has all been worth it. “Her face lights up when she hugs them and when she’s with them.”

Sergeant Benjamin Murry of the Nebraska City Police Department shared how special Rosalyn’s visit was for the officers. “It makes us want to get up every day and do what we do to serve our communities,” Sergeant Murray said. Many officers expressed how Rosalyn’s dedication and kindness made them feel appreciated. Each officer also receives a sticker reading “Officially HUGGED by Rosalyn.”

“God told me to go on this little adventure and hug policemen for all they’ve done for us,” Rosalyn shared. In her eyes, a hug is the best gift she can give. And in the eyes of the men and women whose lives she has touched, this simple act of gracious kindness is one incredible blessing. So far, Rosalyn has made it to 12 states. She is hoping that in 18 months she will be able to visit officers in each of the 50 United States.

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