9-year-old boy on mission to give donuts to cops in every state
EAST STROUDSBURG COUNTY, Fla. - A 9-year-old boy from Florida is on a personal mission to thank every police officer in the country.
According to a report from WNEP, Tyler Carach is traveling from state to state, hand-delivering boxes of donuts to state troopers and police officers.
"Cops are my best friends and they keep people safe," Tyler told WNEP.
The self-proclaimed "Donut Boy" and his mother, Sheena, are on the latest journey in this mission, a six-week trek up and down the coast as he visits officers in New York.
"He looked right at me and said, 'Okay I am going to thank every cop in America and buy them all a donut,'" Sheena said. "I was like, you're going to do what?"
Tyler started handing out donuts last year. On his latest trip, he will hand out more than 10,000 donuts. Tyler's mother estimates by the time they get back to Florida in August, he will have delivered more than 22,000 donuts in one year.
"It really opens us up when we see a 9-year-old that sees the importance of letting us know that we are appreciated," said Trooper Marc Allen, of Pennsylvania State Police.
WNEP asked Tyler what he wants to be when he grows up, and his answer wasn't surprising.
"I want to be a K9 officer. I get a dog and I get to work," Tyler said.
Tyler is currently on a five-day visit with NYPD officers.