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Officer hands out gloves, hats to students before school

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) –- On one of the coldest days of the year, Kelley Hoover, a preschool teacher at Brentwood Elementary noticed something different about one of her students.

“This one little boy in particular, I noticed he had another pair of gloves,” she says. “I asked him if he got a new pair, and he said ‘no the police gave them to me'”

Turns out, an officer assigned to crossing guard duty at the school was standing outside, handing out warm clothing to students who needed some.

That officer is Andrew Haines, an 11-year veteran of the Fort Wayne Police Department.

“I asked the kids if they have gloves, or if they forget them,” he says. “Some did, and some just didn’t have any.”

It’s something he’s done before. When he’s posted outside of a school, he brings along a bag and let the students pick out their own, brand new hats and gloves.

“I have three children of my own. I hate to see any kid without any sort of cold weather protection.”

His act of kindness quickly went viral when Hoover took the story to Facebook, hoping to thank the mysterious officer.

But, Haines says he needs no thanks. Adding, it’s just part of his job and there are many other officers and first responders who would, and have done the same thing.


Kristin Kasper

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