8-Year-Old Spots a Police Officer and Secretly Buys Him a Meal

Brittany Chalmers
Feb 02, 2022
03:00 P.M.

When an eight-year-old girl enjoyed a meal with her mother, she decided to do something unexpected for a man sitting at another table at the restaurant. She asked her mother to assist her and made the man's day.


Mikayla Raji and her mother Mimi didn't know how one meal at a restaurant in Helmetta, New Jersey, would change their lives. The youngster noticed a police officer eating a few tables away from them in 2017.

She was drawn to him and asked her mother to pay for his meal. Mimi agreed, and the duo secretly took care of Officer Joseph Quinn's bill. Mikayla's adoration for police officers was linked to her family.

Mikayla Raji with two police officers | Photo: facebook.com/Jamesburgpolice

Mikayla Raji with two police officers | Photo: facebook.com/Jamesburgpolice



Both of her parents were police officers, and her father had lost his life on the job in 2008. Now a retired officer, Mimi was touched by her daughter's kind gesture. Mikayla never met her dad as he died when Mimi was pregnant with her.

The mother shared:

"[Mikayla] looks up to police officers, she knows they put their lives on the line for us."



While Mikayla's kindness was kept anonymous, Officer Quinn used his police connections to find out who had paid for his meal—he was stunned when he discovered that it was a generous eight-year-old.

The officer decided to pay it forward, and Mikayla was invited to join their Memorial Day parade. The department also set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for her education.



The police department hoped to help the "wonderful kid with a big heart." On Facebook, they told Mikayla she was welcome to visit their headquarters whenever she wanted to.

They added:

“Your dad would be so proud of the person you are. If you ever need us for anything, you can guarantee we will be there for you.”



Netizens also praised Mikayla and her mother. One user wrote: "Very proud of Mikayla and how her Mom Mimi is raising her daughter right."

Another person added: "Great story. Mikayla, you are an amazing little girl. Keep spreading your kindness and smiles." Her small gesture went a long way and showed just how much joy can come from one thoughtful action.



Children like Mikayla look up to police officers for their bravery and dedication. In a local restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, another youngster surprised an officer with a kind gesture. This time it was nine-year-old Noah who paid for a cop's meal.

The young boy dreamed of becoming a cop one day and was inspired by Officer Eddie Benitez. In 2017, he paid for his meal and left a special note on the bill. It read:

"I want to be you when I grow up. Thank you for your service."

The gesture made the officer's day and motivated him to continue doing good police work. Both Noah and Mikayla made the world a better place by spreading kindness and generosity.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Little Boy Has to Do His Homework under Dim Street Lamp, a Millionaire Notices Him

May 10, 2022

2-Year-Old Girl Falls Asleep in a Cop's Arms While Her Dad Is in Court

March 08, 2022

Cop Called to Arrest Shoplifting Mom, Sees Her Children and Decides to Pay Her Bill

February 12, 2022

Woman Takes Bullet for Stranger’s Son, His Dad Attends Funeral and Meets 9 Crying Kids There — Story of the Day

March 24, 2022

Rich Woman Saves Waiter Who Paid for Her and Dad’s Meal 17 Years Ago When They Were Poor – Story of the Day

May 19, 2022

Rich Man Sees Police Take Homeless Woman's Newborn, Months Later His Car Pulls up beside Her — Story of the Day

January 31, 2022

On Valentine’s Day, Old Lady Who Barely Recognizes Her Kids Meets Man She Lost 56 Years Ago — Story of the Day

February 15, 2022

Years after Sister Kicked Him Out, Homeless Man Meets Cops and Learns He Is a Millionaire – Story of the Day

February 28, 2022

Young Mother Asks Neighbors to Babysit Her Daughter for a Few Hours and Disappears for Years – Story of the Day

April 17, 2022

Mom Follows Teen Daughter Who Takes All Her Saved Money at Home and Leaves Late at Night — Story of the Day

February 03, 2022

Mom Calls Police on Her 10-Year-Old Son after Finding Out He's Rude to His Teacher

May 14, 2022

Old Lady Doesn’t Let Anyone into Her House, Neighbor Steps inside after Her Death — Story of the Day

March 19, 2022

92-Year-Old Man Gets Kicked Out of a Bank, Officer Takes Him by the Hand and Brings Him Back

February 22, 2022

After Millionaire Husband’s Death, Old Widow Is Forced to Live In Dirty Old Trailer – Story of the Day

May 23, 2022