It Pays To Be Kind! Police Officer Surprises Store Employee With Cash As Part Of 'Pay It Forward' Challenge
She encouraged her social media followers to chip in to reward the young man for his kindness – wait until you see his heartfelt response!
Acts of kindness are taking place everywhere these days – you just have to know where to look.
Recently, K9 police officer Molly Grace with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) was at a local grocery store when she noticed one of the store's employees helping an elderly man do his shopping.
Grace found out later that the employee's name is Caleb Harris, and that he regularly helps the customer, who is blind, with his groceries.
Officer Grace secretly recorded Harris helping the elderly man shop for his groceries. K9 Lando/Facebook
Grace recorded Harris on the sly as Harris helped the gentleman get his groceries and load them into his car.
Grace has a strong social media following, and for the past few months she's been sharing videos of herself, and her K9 Lando, paying it forward to deserving people in their community.
video c/o @k9_lando317
Grace posted the video of Harris helping the elderly man to her Tik Tok page and asked her followers to donate any amount to her challenge so they could surprise Harris with a generous reward. In just two days, they raised $4,700.
Harris and Lando have been raising money to surprise folks in their community who have done kind things. @k9_lando317
On Sunday, Grace went back to the store to present Harris with the check.
"I was in the store, I think it was like three days ago, when I saw you helping an elderly gentleman, you were shopping for him," Grace told Harris in another video. "I actually videotaped you and you didn't know it, and I put it on my social media and people were just really encouraged by it. We actually raised you $4,700 and that is for you, sir."
video c/o @k9_lando317
Grace handed the check over to Harris, who put his arm around the officer for a quick hug.
Harris said he plans to use the money to buy a car to get back and forth to church and work. Any funds that are left over will go to his mother, who's fighting breast cancer.
Harris was surprised, but grateful, to receive the money for his act of kindness. @k9_lando317
When asked why he decided to help the man with his shopping, Harris said, "Because it's just part of being a human being, that's all we strive to do is to be kind and reach out and lend a hand, you know. It's just part of being a good human being."
We couldn't agree more!
What an amazing effort by the community to recognize those who are stepping up to help others for no other reason than to be kind. We can't wait to see how Officer Grace 'pays it forward' next!