A recent article on the Dennison Forum, a blog that examines popular culture in the US, reminded me once again about how awesome children are. Ten-year-old Savannah Solis, of Tyler, Texas, heard about two New York City police officers who were killed in the line of duty. Moved with compassion and appreciation, she made 200 Thank You cards and sent them to the New York City police department. A friend of the family knew a New York police officer and connected him with Savannah. As they were talking together, she prayed for him and police officers everywhere. He then told other officers about her. They were so moved that they collected money to bring her to NYC so that she could visit them in person! When JetBlue heard about it, they covered the air fare for Savannah and her family.
NYPD held a ceremony during which Savannah addressed the gathered officers.
“To my heroes, I want to say, ‘Don’t stop. Please don’t give up. Many do not care or appreciate the sacrifices you make every day, but I do. . . . Officers of New York City, you matter to me. Officers all across America, you matter to me.”
Savannah was invited to several television interviews, and was given the opportunity to site-see with her family during her stay. She declined, saying that she wanted to spend her time visiting more police officers. JetBlue is planning to fly her to London for a future meeting with police officers there.
Savannah is ten years old. She’s still in grade school, and yet her simple compassionate act–making Thank You cards for 200 police officers–touched the entire NYC police department, a major airline, and her good wishes have traveled across an ocean!
These are the kinds of people we get to work with every day! What a privilege, and what a responsibility. I wonder how many times I stifled amazing displays of compassion and passion because I was caught up in the tyranny of the workday mundane. I hope not too many.