NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — What’s better than a nice ice cold glass of lemonade in the summertime? Well maybe knowing that a little boy is selling it to support police.
Eleven-year-old Izaiah Moore set up the stand with regular and pink lemonade and a mix of both.
He also brought beads to give to any police officers who stop by.
“I picked blue and white because they match the police colors,” says Moore.
He decided to sell the lemonade to raise money for the New London police department.
“To buy some new shoes I guess,” says Moore.
His signs say it all. One explains that he is raising money for police and the other says “All lives matter.”
“Cause it’s true,” he says. “Because yeah all lives do matter.”
Moore has behavioral issues and his mom has had to call police on occasion.
“And they have been amazing,” says his mother Mary Davila.
A response for which this mother is thankful.
“They sit down with him,” she says. “They actually kneel down and they talk to him. Simple.”
“Who thought of this idea?” officer Max Bertsch asked Moore. When he said, “Me.” Bertsch said, “You did oh that was really nice.”
Officer Bertsch was the first patrolman to stop by the stand and he quickly made friends.
He gave Moore and his friends a look inside his cruiser and soon several other police cars as more officer showed up.
“It’s fantastic and this is really nice that they do this,” says officer Bertsch. “We really appreciate it.”
Even Deputy Chief Peter Reichard grabbed a glass between meetings.
“Officers in New London are committed to working with the kids and to working with the public and community policing,” says Dep. Chief Reichard.
A friendly gesture.. a summertime refreshment.. one little boy’s way of making a difference.
“They’ve been kind,” says Moore. “They help me with all my situations and things so I’m just giving them a thanks.”
Officer Bertsch apparently spread the word to the other officers and he wants Moore to spread the word about the New London Police Department’s National Night Out efforts.
The event is August 2nd and it’s going to be held at Ocean Beach Park. Police will provide transportation to kids who need it.