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Boy, 9, travels country thanking police with doughnuts

Boy, 9, travels country thanking police with doughnuts
Posted at 3:41 AM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 04:01:22-04

DINGMAN TOWNSHIP, PA (WNEP/CNN) – A 9-year-old superhero from Florida is hand-delivering boxes of doughnuts to state troopers and police across the country.

Tyler Carach, 9, wears a cape as “Donut Boy” while traveling the country to bring joy to police officers through their “favorite food.”

“My name is Tyler, and I love cops! I am 8 years old, and cops are my best friends. They keep me safe! Cops’ favorite drink is coffee and their favorite food is donuts,” wrote Tyler on his Facebook page last year.

The mission, which Tyler calls “I Donut Need a Reason to Thank a Cop,” started after the boy met four police officers at a Florida store and bought them doughnuts with his own money.

Tyler says the officers were happy with their treats, and he asked his mom why.

“She said cops were having a hard time right now and that sometimes people choose to judge a whole by a few, and it’s important never to do that!” wrote the boy on his GoFundMe page.

The 9-year-old then decided he would give doughnuts to every officer in America.

“My mom says that she doesn't know if I can give donuts to every single cop, but that she will help me give them to as many as possible and come up with other ways to say thank you to our protectors everywhere,” wrote Tyler on Facebook.

Donut Boy and his mother are on a six-week trek up and down the East Coast. They left their home in Florida at the end of June. They pay for some of the doughnuts while others are donated.

Tyler started handing out doughnuts around Florida last year. By the time he and his mom return in August, she estimates Tyler will have delivered more than 22,000 doughnuts in one year.

The superhero says the mission is important to him because he wants to be a police officer when he grows up.

"I want to be a K9 officer. I get a dog, and I get to work,” Tyler said.

The officers say they appreciate Tyler’s hard work.

"It really opens us up when we see a 9-year-old that sees the importance of letting us know that we are appreciated,” said Trooper Marc Allen with the Pennsylvania State Police.

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