Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Ropos stopped at a little girl’s lemonade stand while out on patrol in Ohio on Monday in Painsville, Ohio. After talking to her for a few minutes, he decided to give her a lecture before leaving. He returned the next day, but not to lecture her or even to buy a cup of lemonade.
“I talked to the little girl, gave her a speech about how courageous and admirable I think her efforts were to save up her money. I asked her how much she saved up, and she said she only had a few dollars,” Ropos told ABC News.
The girl said that she had more money, but her mom’s car ran out of gas. The girl then gave her mother the money she had so she could fill up her gas tank. Apparently, that struck a chord with the officer.
“When she told me she gave the money to her mom, that’s when I almost started crying,” said Ropos.
The girl was saving up to buy an iPad. The officer happened to have an old one at his house, but when he went home and tried turning it on, it didn’t work. The next day, he searched for a store that would split the cost of a new iPad. Later that day, the officer went to give the gift to the young girl.
“She just wouldn’t stop hugging me,” Ropos said. “Seeing her face is how I remember Christmas when I was 5 years old. She couldn’t stop smiling. Her smile was worth a million dollars.”