Ind. cop helps boy run lemonade stand, makes donation

The South Bend police officer helped serve customers and made a 100% donation match for each sale


By Suzie Ziegler 

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Jaelynn Wilson, 12, sets up a lemonade stand every few weeks in his South Bend neighborhood. But this past weekend became one to remember after a South Bend police officer lent his support. 

According to WNDU, Officer Ron Glon showed up Sunday afternoon, not to shut it down, but to help Jaelynn open up. 

Glon told Jaelynn’s grandmother he’d be helping run the stand and would also be making contributions. 

“Me and Jaeylnn are going to be waiting on people, collecting money, serving drinks, and I’m going to match 100 percent of what we take in,” Glon said. 

The gesture left Jaelynn speechless. 

“I’m out of words, I’m out of words. It’s crazy,” Jaelynn told WNDU. “I thought of him like a family member because it really meant a lot for a police officer to help somebody who they don’t even know.” 

Glon says he wants to show young kids that police are there to support them, especially now amid ongoing unrest. 

“His mother is concerned about him not knowing whether or not to trust police officers or not,” Glon told WNDU. “My job is to tell him that he has nothing to worry about. Don’t be fearful, don’t be afraid of us.”

 

How about a feel-good story to kick off your work week? What started as an act of kindness seems to be turning into a friendship between Officer Glon and 12-year-old Jaelynn!

Posted by South Bend Police Department on Monday, July 27, 2020

 

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