Hannah, a Babler Elementary
fifth-grader, overheard her parents talking about the paycuts Chesterfield Police Department officers agreed to in order to avoid furloughs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. She wanted to help.
First, she asked if she could put her savings toward purchasing gift cards to donate to the officers. Then, she asked her mother to reach out to some of her friends -- complete with a heartfelt letter from Hannah -- and ask if they wanted to join the cause.
In a little more than a day, Hannah and her family raised $2,365, disbursed onto 232 separate gift cards. They arranged to drop the cards off at the police station Thursday.
did not know we were going this big. They thought we were dropping off a couple
gift cards and one box of candy," said Hannah's mother, Izzy Imig. "We're so overwhelmed with everybody wanting to help. Having something like this, where everybody from home is able to help via Venmo or sending checks, it's such an overwhelming feeling. All of this in one day."
A number of officers were on hand to thank Hannah and her younger sisters, Maya and Leah, when they dropped off the donations. The gift cards are enough so that every officer at the station can receive two, with some left over to be raffled off to raise more funds.
Chesterfield Police also named Hannah an honorary officer for the day.
"We can’t even begin to put into words how grateful we are to Hannah and even more so, what a special, thoughtful person she is!" Chesterfield Police wrote on Facebook on Friday
This is not the first time Hannah has raised money for police. Two years ago, she made more than $70 running a lemonade stand and used it to buy breakfast for Wildwood police officers.
"She's very empathetic, very aware, and she's always wanting to help," Imig said. "She's the same way at school. She goes to her teacher and asks how she can help other kids. She is that kid."
Because, as Hannah put it in her fundraising letter, "a little kindness can change the world."