A 5-year-old boy saved his allowance for months to spend it all Wednesday on a lunch spread for officers with a New Jersey police department.
William Evertz Jr. showed up with his family at the Winslow Township Police Department Wednesday, bearing Subway sandwiches, snacks and drinks, the department said in a social media post.
William's mother, Tara Evertz, told police her son "wanted to do (a) random act of kindness," for the officers who "keep him safe 'even when he sleeps.'" And so, the kindergartner saved his allowance for seven months to buy the food for police.
"It's one of those things that restores confidence in humanity. It makes you tear up," Detective Sgt. Ray Cogan, an 18-year veteran of the department, told The Philadelphia Inquirer. "It's nice to see that you're still the good guy."
The department thanked William by making him an honorary officer and giving him a special shirt and several badges, according to The Associated Press.
"The world definitely needs more people like him," Officer Justin Valentino, a seven-year veteran, told The Inquirer. "It definitely goes a long way."
Evertz said her son has other acts of kindness planned in the form of donations to a domestic violence shelter and a local animal shelter, among other things.
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