These past years have been tough on police officers. Following events like the 2016 shooting in Dallas, which killed five officers and wounded nine others, law enforcement has been stricken with grief, anger, fear, and regret.
Fortunately there are people out there looking out for these officers, making sure that they can do their jobs effectively. This includes people like 7-year-old Rosalyn Baldwin.
After hearing about the Dallas shooting, Rosalyn started feeling the urge to do something. Yet, when cops from her home state of Louisiana were killed, that’s when she knew for sure that she needed to step in. Her mission was simple: hug every police officer she could.
“First she [wanted to hug officers in] all the nations in the world,” her mother, Angie Baldwin, told CNN.
Angie and her husband, Eric, thought that such a plan might not be entirely feasible, so they encouraged their daughter to start small. They sent her to a nearby police station in St. Tammany Parish first.
**7-year-old Girl Wants to Hug Two Law Enforcement Officers in all 50 States**Rosalyn is a 7-year-old little girl with a big heart who wants to hug at least two law enforcement officers in all 50 states in order to show her appreciation for the job they do!Rosalyn came by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office today and passed out hugs and stickers which said, “Officially hugged by Rosalyn”. This little girl brought lots of smiles to the STPSO.Visit her website for more information on her mission: www.rosalynloves.com
Posted by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, January 11, 2017
“We took her around to a few officers to see if it would pass,” Angie explained.
But the little girl’s determination did not pass. Rosalyn wasn’t satisfied with just hugging local police officers. She wanted to carry her mission out on a national level.
“So, I said ‘I’m gonna help her do it,’ because I think as parents it’s important to help her,” her mother said.
That was back in January. In the 10 months since Rosalyn has started her mission, she has been to 25 states—placing small stickers on the officers uniforms that say “Officially HUGGED by Rosalyn”—and she hopes to visit all 50 states within 2 years.
The family travels during school breaks and holidays, using money from GoFundMe to help pay for the trip. So far, the officers have loved their visits from Rosalyn, with many police departments commemorating her visits through video.
At just age 7, Rosalyn decided she wanted to spread love all over the country and hug police officers in all 50 states. Missouri was state #12, and we were so fortunate to be visited by her and her family today. #hugs #spreadthejoy rosalynloves.com RosalynLoves
Posted by Springfield, MO Police Department on Monday, June 5, 2017
Her most recent stop was in Texas, visiting Houston, Grand Prairie, and Dallas. Houston Police Chief, Art Acevedo, was stunned by Rosalyn’s gratitude.
“It feels like heaven on earth when you have these beautiful, young children that are connecting with law enforcement,” he told the local news. “I think it just recharges all of our batteries.”
Angie has noticed this “battery-charging” effect as well.
“It has been from near tears to just appreciation,” Rosalyn’s mother told CNN, “They are just so grateful that she wants to do this … It becomes something people need—the police officers, their wives—they seem to need this.”
Rosalyn doesn’t care much for the attention though. She does it out of the goodness of her heart.
“Because God sent me on this mission of love,” the young girl told KHOU in Houston. “He said, ‘Rosalyn you need to help these police officers.'”