From my mailbag (late Friday night):
I am hoping to let the Happy Valley know about a very sweet act of kindness from the Amherst Police Department.
My 8 year old boy had his bike stolen from our home yesterday.
We looked for hours last night for it and again this evening. We covered every nook and cranny of our neighborhood and then drove around Amherst hoping to find it.
I filed a police report online just in case, and then called the police because I thought I might have spotted it but didn't want to go up to it in case it wasn't actually my son's bike.
I hesitated to call the police because I worried they had better things to do than deal with a kids lost bike, but Officer Corsetti showed up within moments and he took it seriously.
My two little boys were with me in the car and were so upset about the stolen bike and officer Corsetti let them know it mattered and was important.
He looked on foot for it for a long time, asking people he saw if they saw it, and then when we lost hope and went home, he still called me and update me on his search this evening. He asked me more questions about the bike, told me he hadn't given up.
My boy, Levi, was so touched that the officer cared that he wrote him a thank you note for caring and helping him look for it. (He also put some chocolate chip cookies in a bag for Officer Corsetti in case he got hungry while working).
We figured he would be out of a bike and I can't afford another bike for him. As a mother, I felt devastated and so sad that something my boy loved SO much and rode every day, was gone. It broke my heart.
Then, an hour or so later (at 8 tonight), there was a knock at our door and it was Officer Corsetti and Officer Ting. They had a brand new bike for Levi. And a lock!
Sergeant Gabriel Ting, Levi on his new bike, Officer Dominick Corsetti. Levi was getting ready for bed when officers arrived (hence no shirt) and they only put him on the bike sans helmet to adjust the seat
Levi was SO happy, he was glowing and over the moon excited. We had looked for so long for his bike and Levi thought he wouldn't be riding a bike for a long time. But now, because of the kindness of the police, Levi has a bike, a really nice one!
They told us that all of the police chipped in and got him this bike and lock. This is something my son will never forget.
It's an act of kindness that will live on long after he outgrows the bike because they gave him the gift of compassion, of kindness, of belief in doing good.
Levi promises to pass on the kindness and I believe he will.
Someday, when Levi is an old man, he will look back on this and remember it and still be passing on this act of kindness.
He says so himself.
UPDATE Saturday morning:
UPDATE Thursday Oct 1st 4:00 PM: