FWPD officer praised for giving gloves to cold kids

"Abandoned Glove" by Mistermuckle, CC BY 2.0

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Here’s a cold weather story that will warm your heart:

Kelley Hoover, a preschool teacher at Brentwood Elementary School in Fort Wayne tells our Partners in News at ABC 21 she noticed one of her students come in this week with a different pair of gloves:

“So I just asked him if he had a new pair,” said Hoover. “And he said, ‘No, the police gave them to me.’ And that just sparked my interest.”

She posted the story online and tracked down the kind officer, Andy Haines, who said he saw the boy walking to school Tuesday, when it was around 20 degrees outside, without gloves… so he gave him a pair.

It’s something Haines has been doing for years now, ever since he started working as a crossing guard on East State Blvd. and noticed some students tucking their hands under their arms to keep warm.

He adds he’s not the only officer who takes a bag full of spares to the city’s crosswalks, to pass out to kids who might need them.

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