Girl Donates Hundreds Of Books To Police Department Library

  • 2/13/2019 6:03:19 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - In a heartwarming act of kindness and generosity, a young girl stepped up to help other children feel more comfortable by donating several boxes of books to the Mansfield Police Department's Little Free Library.

"Obviously, it's a very generous donation what we've received today with the books through the organization of the Little Free Library that was set up for the Mansfield Police Department in honor of fallen officer Brian Evans," said Assistant Police Chief Keith Porch. "The purpose of the program is for the victims of crimes - when they come in to be interviewed by detectives, sometimes they have children. The purpose of the stuffed animals and the books is to take the children away from it so they can concentrate on books and not the reality of why they're here or their parents. We feel it's very important."

Hundreds of books including fiction and non-fiction were donated for the Mansfield Police Department's Little Free Library, including popular titles like J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and perennial favorites like Clifford, the Big Red Dog.

"What inspired me to donate these books today is because I wanted to help the kids that needed some stuff to help them feel better," said Valarie Duffey, the little girl who helped gather box after box of books. "Some of them came from my bookshelf, some of them came from my mommy's classroom, some of them came from my brother's babysitter and some other families."

Valarie's mother, Jessica, spoke up to talk about her daughter's commitment to helping others and her good-hearted spirit.

"Chief Koontz had let her know that a lot of the kids that come to the Police Department, their parents bring them when they're getting interviewed," Jessica explained. "We wanted to be able to give the kids a place to be able to read and to have stuffed animals if they wanted to. When she heard about the need for that... she's always had a servant's heart. I think that kind of spoke to her, and she wanted to help out."

Both Chief Kenneth Koontz and Assistant Chief Keith Porch were very moved by the girl's touching display of kindness - which Porch says is a display of good parenting.

"When you have somebody that young of age that takes an interest to ease somebody else's life, whether that be a child or an adult... fantastic," Porch said. "Obviously, they're on the right path. It comes from the heart, so you can never argue or debate that."

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