A Michigan police officer has organized a heartwarming surprise party for a bullied nine-year-old boy.
Austin Lynema, of the Grand Rapids Police Department, arranged the celebration earlier this month after learning that none of Thomas Daniel’s classmates had shown up to his birthday party the previous evening.
The officer and his co-workers arrived at Daniel’s house with presents, a personalized cake and a singing quartet in order to put a smile on his face.
Grand Rapids Police Department posted the heartwarming story on their Facebook page, which has now been shared more than 15,000 times.
The post explains that Officer Lynema first met Daniel after noticing the youngster miss his school bus.
‘Daniel told him that he had missed the bus and his mom did not have a car. Lynema (with the mom’s permission) gave him a ride to school and during their travels, Lynema learned that it was Daniel’s ninth birthday,’ the Facebook post expounds.
‘Daniel invited Officer Lynema to his birthday party after school but also confided that he gets bullied so was afraid no one from his class would show up.
‘Lynema did make it to the party that evening, but unfortunately Daniel’s fears came true. No one other than Lynema and the birthday boy’s siblings came… The officer also noticed something else was missing, cake! But he planned to fix that.’
The next day, the officer rallied his teammates in order to hold a belated celebration for Daniel.
A singing quartet, some gifts and a Krispy Kreme cake delighted the boy, who told the officers: ‘This is the best birthday ever!’
Pictures from the event reveal that it was a joyous occasion for Daniel and his younger brother, as well as for the officers.
All attendees are seen smiling in delightful photos shared on the Grand Rapids Police Department’s page.
Social media users were thrilled by the story, with one writing: ‘What a wonderful thing to do, he [Daniel] will never forget how happy you made him! I’m sure this kind deed will make a positive difference in his life!’
Officer Lynema has promised he will be in attendance of Daniel’s 10th birthday party next year.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Andrew Court