A seven-year-old with a big heart made a stop in Dallas Tuesday as she travels the country giving police officers hugs.
Rosalyn Baldwin set out several months ago with one goal, to hug an officer in every state. Texas is 25th on her list and an extra special stop. Her mom says Rosalyn’s mission started after the 2016 Dallas police ambush during a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas.
“She kept telling me, saying, ‘Momma all these officers have a bad rep. People are talking bad about them,” said Angie Baldwin.
Rosalyn says her goal is to unite communities by showing sincere love and appreciation.
“I want to give them hugs because I want to help them with all these things they have to do,” said Rosalyn. “Because they’re important and our heroes are dying and I need to do something about it.”
So far, the Louisiana native has hugged officers in places like Tennessee, the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.
After Texas, Angie says they’ll take some time off to rest and celebrate the holidays near family. But after that, they’ll continue on to the remaining 25 states.
“They see this… that God’s with her on this mission of love as she says. I’m proud to be her mom,” said Angie.
The family’s using GoFund me to raise money for the cross country trip. So far, they’ve raised nearly $9,000 of their $10,000 goal.
You can read more about Rosalyn on her website.