Two days after September 11, a boy went to a local police station, took all the money out of his pocket, and donated it to the department. Before the receptionist was able to ask for his information, the boy was gone.
“You don’t expect that every day… Little guy to walk in and throw up his change,” Brittany Eickhorst, the woman at the front desk recounted. “You know most kids are saving up for an Xbox or this game or that. Just really heartwarming.”
Surprised by the sweet gesture, the Greenfield police did a bit of digging and was finally able to identify the mystery donor.
After learning about 9/11, as well as hearing about his grandfather who was killed in the line of duty, 11-year-old Max Siepert has been saving up since April, raising $10.03 through backyard shows and soliciting donations from family and friends.
“We’ve learned our mystery donor is 11-year-old Max,” the police department wrote on their Facebook page. “Max donated the money in memory of his grandfather, a Milwaukee Police Department officer who was killed in the line of duty in 1974. Max rode his bike to the police station without his parents’ knowledge and didn’t expect the attention. THANK YOU MAX and THANK YOU to your grandfather for his sacrifice.”
“One day that’s going to make a difference. It might not be a really big difference but at least it’s something,” Max later said in an interview.
Max’s donation will be used for equipment and training of police officers in the station.
“It’s not always how much you give, but the thought behind the gift,” Greenfield Assistant Police Chief Paul Schlecht tells Today.com. “It’s only $10.03, but for a kid that age, it’s all his money, and he worked hard for it.”
Max’s mom matched his donation, an amount which Max plans to donate to a little girl in Wisconsin who needs a kidney transplant.
Asked how his actions can inspire others to do the same, the boy simply said, “If every person would do that, we would have such a great world. It would be awesome.”