Police officer surprises 9-year-old girl running lemonade stand with an amazing gift
Lake County Sheriff's Deputy Zach Ropos bought lemonade from 9-year-old Gabrielle and came the next day bringing a brand-new tablet for her.
He was on patrol last June 25, 2018 in Painesville, Ohio, when he saw Gabrielle's lemonade stand, as reported by ABC News.
The 22-year-old police officer recalled seeing the young girl running up to his police car.
"She hands me a glass, I hand her a few bucks. I asked her what she wanted to do with the money... She said she'd get an iPad, to help with school and play games," Ropos said in an interview with ABC News.
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He remembered his old iPad at home and told the girl's mother about it. But when he arrived home, he was disappointed to find out that his old iPad is not working anymore.
He decided to go to a store and asked if they could contribute to the cost of a tablet with him. The following day, the young police officer met up with Gabrielle and her mother.
"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," Ropos said.
He asked the young girl how much she saved up and she said she only had a few dollars and that she gave her money to her mother to fill her car's tank.
"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," he said.
He then handed her the tablet and his co-worker was able to capture the touching moment.
Overjoyed, the girl hugged him almost wouldn't let go. Ropos said she reminded him of his five-year-old self on Christmas Day.
"She couldn't stop smiling. Her smile was worth a million dollars," he said.