Kaley Bastine learned about how important bulletproof vests and K-9 units are from watching “Cops” with her dad. So when she started earning money through her lemonade stand, she knew exactly what she wanted to do with it.
As “Good Morning America” reports, the 6-year-old from Pittsburgh is a rising second grader who loves “singing and running.” Despite her young age, Kaley has already started a fundraising effort for her local police department. As her mom, Jamie, told CBS Pittsburgh:
“She was like, ‘I want to have a lemonade stand,’ and my husband and I looked at each other like, ‘Okay, we can do this.’ We put a little table out, no problem. Then she looks at us and says, ‘I want to give the money to the cops.'”
What’s more, Kaley knew exactly what she wanted to do with the money. She set a goal to raise $10,000 for then Harrison Township Police Department — enough for a police dog and vests. She told CBS:
“To get a K-9 and a bulletproof vest so they don’t get shot.”
So Kaley embarked on a series of fundraising events. In addition to the lemonade stand, she has held car washes and even sold cookies shaped like badges and colored blue and silver for the police.
The policemen and women of Harrison Township regularly come to Kaley’s fundraisers, and she recently had a visit from Pennsylvania State Senator Lindsay Williams. Kaley says she was “excited” to meet the senator, who invited her to the capitol to meet other officers
Sergeant Brian Taruck of the Harrison Township Police Department told CBS that they appreciate Kaley’s support:
“She loves to help the police out. We go and we go to her events and support her. It’s great to see the community come together.”
“I haven’t seen it before in my 10 years. There’s a local church that does a fundraiser here and there which is awesome, but for a seven-year-old to build up the motivation and the desire to go out and do this repeatedly is just something else.”
Kaley has already raised $3,544 toward her goal. After every event, she presents the money to the department, which puts it aside in a special fund.
Jamie says her daughter has “a heart of gold” and her parents are both proud of her. The mom told CBS that Kaley is still focused on raising enough to get a police dog for the department:
“A K-9 is something special to her heart so we’re going to keep that in mind. Do we see her stopping any time soon? No.”