WILSON, N.C. (WNCN) – Around a dozen kids delivered sweet treats to members of the Wilson Police Department Thursday afternoon.
Kids from the First Baptist Church of Stantonsburg and First Baptist Church of Wilson delivered more than 200 handmade chocolate chip cookies to the officers.
Each bag also had a hand drawn card with words of encouragement or scripture written on it.
“It’s got to be tough to be a police officer right now. So we just wanted to give our kids a chance just to show them how much they appreciated them and provide tags on the cookies with words of encouragement and prayers for them,” said Gil Gulick, pastor of First Baptist Church.
Sgt. Stuart Haste said the gesture really means a lot to men and women in blue.
“The fact that a child or anyone for that matter but especially a child who enjoys their summer vacation would take the time to come out and give up their time for us to show their gratitude and their appreciation it really means a lot to us,” Haste said.
Fourteen-year-old Avis Bynum said she helped make the cookies because one of her family members wears a badge and she wanted to show support. “I want to be a police officer when I grow up so I thought it would be really cool to come and help and show them how much we care for them,” said Bynum.
Ten-year-old Joshua Brown said he also wanted to show his support.
“The police officers do a lot for us and we should thank them for what they do,” Brown said.
Haste said the outpouring of support from the Wilson community has been overwhelming since the events of last week.
“We’ve had cookies, cakes, care packages delivered. We had the interfaith vigil Sunday night on the courthouse steps. We had a local pastor and his congregation come last night to roll call and pray over the officers. So we have really seen an outpouring of support,” Haste said.