On a hot summer’s day in early July, Lake County Sheriff Deputy Zach Ropos stopped by a lemonade stand being run by a little girl named Gabrielle during his shift in Painesville.
During that visit, the deputy felt it would be appropriate to commend this 9-year-old entrepreneur on her efforts of making and saving her own money.
“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,” said deputy Ropos.
It was what Gabrielle told Deputy Ropos next that made him return the next day, bearing a gift.
“When she told me she gave the money to her mom, that’s when I almost started crying because of how great of a kid she really was,” said deputy Ropos.
Before generously giving her hard earned cash to her mom during her time of need, the little girl was trying to save the money she was making from her lemonade sales to buy a tablet.
So touched by what the little girl had told him, Deputy Ropos returned the very next day, bringing with him a special surprise for the little girl who was hard at work, making and selling her lemonade.
“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,” said deputy Ropos.
And with that Gabrielle had just received a nice new tablet from an officer who recognized her kind heart and her desire to be more independent than many other children.
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