After act of kindness state police receive letter and $10 from grateful 9-year-old

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January 6, 2018 1:40 pm Last Updated: January 6, 2018 1:40 pm

Good deeds have a way of multiplying, but in this story it gets kinda ridiculous in all the best ways.

When a police officer stepped in to help a young girl, that single good deed inspired her to go above and beyond what anyone would have expected from a 9-year-old. And what she did surprised and warmed the hearts of everyone involved.

Nine-year-old Brooke Yost did not have enough money to buy her favorite snack, but someone behind her did.

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Last August, 9-year-old Brooke Yost was at her local Sheetz gas station trying to buy her favorite sugary snack: doughnut holes. But, to her disappointment, she realized she did not have enough money to pay for them.

Luckily, however, Philadelphia State Trooper Chad Savannah was behind her and came to the rescue.

“I asked the clerk if she could put the bill with my stuff and I would take care of it,” Savannah told CBS Pittsburgh.

And so he did. He paid for the doughnuts and gave them to little Brooke. She thanked Savannah and then bolted out of the Sheetz, running home.

Savannah was surprised at the speed of the little girl, but thought that would be the end of their relationship.

The police officer did not think he would see her again, but the little girl had a plan.

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Eventually, the police department received a heartwarming letter and a $10 bill.

The letter read:

My name is Brooke, and I’m nine-years-old. At 8:15 p.m. on Monday, August 28, 2017, I was at Sheetz on 68 and Meridian Rd. I went to purchase something and didn’t have enough money. A nice police officer behind me kindly paid for my item. I thanked him but felt bad because I didn’t offer him the money [I had with me]. So, I am donating this money. I want to thank the officer again. Stay safe, Brooke.

Taken by the little girl’s letter and generosity, the department decided to do something nice for her. They took up a collection and bought her a $50 gift card for Toys R Us.

“I think everyone was moved by the kindness of this 9-year-old,” Captain Steve Ignatz of the Pennsylvania State Police Department told CBS Pittsburgh.

However, Brooke was still full of heartwarming surprises.

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Little Brooke was not done yet.

When she was presented with the gift card, she did not buy anything for herself. Instead, she took the card and bought gifts that she then donated to Toys for Tots.

The precinct was beside themselves. They had tried to do something nice for this selfless little girl, but Brooke was not cooperating.

“We need to do something nice for this young lady,” Captain Ignatz said.

And so they decided to try and honor her one more time.

In December, the officers invited Brooke and her family to the precinct where they honored the little girl’s generosity.

And so, in mid December, the kind state police officers invited Brooke and her family to the precinct. They gave the little girl a tour and showered her with gifts, as well as some of her favorite snacks.

This time, though, they made her promise not to give all of them away and spend the gift cards and certificates on herself.

Laughing, she agreed.

And we hope she did, too, because this incredible 9-year-old totally deserves it.