New Mexico officer touched by girl’s fundraising efforts for sick brother


HOBBS, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico State Police officer says he was left feeling inspired after he came across a young girl’s selfless act for her sick brother while patrolling over the weekend.

Officer Eric Vasquez rolled up on a lemonade stand on Sunday, catching his attention. He saw three young kids manning the summertime business endeavor.

“So I pulled over, I approached them to talk to them,” Vasquez recounted to KRQE News 13.

He quickly realized it wasn’t your ordinary pop-up stand. Rather, a 9-year-old named Addison was raising funds for her 7-year-old brother, Kaden.

Kaden has a heart condition and is preparing for major surgery. The two live with their grandma, Kim Allred, and grandpa.

“I guess [Addison] overheard me and her grandpa talking about how, we’re worried about how we’re going to get to Houston, Texas for [the] heart surgery,” Allred said.

So Addison wanted to help out in any way she could. Her idea: a lemonade stand with drinks starting at 25 cents a piece.

The girl’s selfless act touched her grandmother.

“There’s no words, I’m so grateful,” Allred said.

It also touched Vasquez.

“It was, it was… incredible,” he said.

So Vasquez donated to the kids. New Mexico State Police posted about the incident on Facebook, and now he’s getting big praise for pitching in to help. But Vasquez says he’s not the one who deserves the recognition, it’s Addison.

“That’s the meaning of love to me, if you ask me,” he said. “That’s true love.”

At the end of the day, the kids raised more than $550.

The family also has a GoFundMe account, which can be found here.

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