A little boy is on an amazing mission up and down the East Coast to thank as many cops as possible — and he’s bringing doughnuts along the way to be sure police know just how grateful he is for their service.
It’s a quest that 9-year-old Tyler Carach — self-described “Donut Boy” — decided to embark on in an effort to shower praise upon the men and women who he said keep communities safe across America.
So, the Florida native and his mom, Sheena Carach, left at the end of June to travel up and down the coast, bringing boxes of doughnuts — and a whole lot of joy — to scores of police officers.
“Cops are my best friends and they keep people safe,” Tyler told WNEP-TV, explaining that he opted to give doughnuts to cops because they are their “favorite snack.”
According to Sheena Carach, he son came up with the idea to “thank every cop in America and buy them all a doughnut.” At first, she said they should start small and build — but then the unexpected happened.
“I suggested we start local, which we did,” she told WNEP-TV. “And then it kind of snowballed.”
Now, Tyler is showing up at police stations all over the place, donning a doughnut-inspired cape and gifting treats, with media outlets taking notice along the way.
While the trip is already in progress, Sheena Carach is currently trying to raise $10,000 via GoFundMe to help support the mission.
In an explanation on GoFundMe, Tyler revealed what motivated him to launch the doughnut effort in the first place. It all stems from a chance encounter that he and his mom had with four Florida police officers back in August 2016.
“I asked if I could buy them donuts with my own money. I DID and they were so HAPPY!” Tyler explained. “When we left I asked my mom why they were so happy and she said cops were having a hard time right now and that sometimes people choose to judge a whole by a few, and its important never to do that!”
That eventually sparked the idea for Tyler to give doughnuts to more cops; so far, he’s distributed 7,000 doughnuts and he’s planning to dole out 10,000 in total on this trip alone.
People can financially support Tyler’s mission, or follow along via his Facebook page.