A police officer went out of his way to make a 9-year-old Michigan boy’s birthday special after no one showed up to his party.
A post shared on the Grand Rapids Police Department Facebook page on April 2 detailed the sequence of events. First, the post says that Officer Lynema Daniel offered Thomas Daniel a ride after noticing he missed his school bus one morning.
We want to introduce you to a special birthday boy, 9 year old Thomas Daniel! Recently, Ofc. Lynema saw a little boy…
In part, the post read:
We want to introduce you to a special birthday boy, 9 year old Thomas Daniel! Recently, Ofc. Lynema saw a little boy chasing after a school bus early in the morning. When the bus did not stop, Ofc. Lynema asked him if he needed some help.
The boy, Thomas Daniel, told him that he had missed the bus and his mom did not have a car. Ofc. Lynema (with the mom’s permission) gave him a ride to school and during their travels, Ofc. Lynema learned that it was Thomas’ 9th birthday. Thomas invited him to his birthday party after school but also confided that he gets bullied at school so he was afraid no one from his class would show up.
Unfortunately, Thomas’ classmates did in fact let him down. However, Officer Lynema would make all the difference.
The Facebook post continued:
Ofc. Lynema did make it to the party that evening, but unfortunately Thomas’ fears came true. No one other Ofc. Lynema and the birthday boy’s siblings came…..The officer also noticed something else was missing, cake!….but he planned to fix that.
The next day, Ofc. Lynema brought back-up……his teammates surprised Thomas with a follow-up party when he got off the bus complete with a Krispy Kreme donut cake, presents, and a singing quartet. “This is the best birthday ever!” Thomas told them.
The officer is proof that a little kindness goes a long way.
Further, the department concluded the post with an important message about the treatment of kids and a special message for Thomas.
The department wrote:
No kid should get bullied, and no kid should worry if anyone will come to the party. Next year Thomas Daniel, make sure you drop us that invite a little sooner. We wouldn’t want to miss it!
Many Facebook users have praised the officers for their good deed and sent birthday wishes to Thomas.
One commenter wrote:
This is what life is supposed be about. Taking a bad situation and turning it positive. There are so many messages in this story. Thank you to all who did this for the little boy. To the little boy high five buddy!! Happy birthday!!
Further, another user said:
That was a Awesome story. maybe that will encourage him to grow up to be a police officer. I love to see more minorities in blue. That’d be awesome sauce. LOL
Altogether, the post has received over 46, 000 reactions, more than 4,000 comments, and over 15,000 shares.