By TEREASA NIMS
Sunday Times Newspapers
LINCOLN PARK – Each day on her way to school, Kayle Gisel, 11, saw an officer at the corner of Dix and Champagne, and wanted to bring him hot chocolate and doughnuts, and on Dec. 6 she did.
“It made me feel really good about myself,” Kayle said. “I don’t like all the negativity about police officers and I wanted to do something good for the world.”
Officer Alejandro Serna was all smiles when he received the sweet gesture.
“It was actually surprising and great,” Serna said. “It was a really good feeling. It meant a lot that people appreciate what we do.”
He said he especially enjoyed the hot chocolate on a cold morning.
Kayle mother, Laura Gisel, said her daughter has been asking to take hot chocolate and doughnuts to Serna because he is always out there at the busy corner helping children across the street.
Laura Gisel said Kayle went to school with such a huge smile on her face that day.
“Honestly, I could not be more proud,” Laura Gisel said of Kayle. “She has such a huge heart and always wants to give rather than receive.”
Gisel said Kayle has been impacted by the negativity involving police.
“She sees the negative and wants to turn it into a positive,” Laura Gisel said.
Gisel said Kayle faces her own battle with Type 1 diabetes. She must inject herself with four to six insulin shots daily and constantly monitor her blood sugar levels. Gisel said she is so impressed that despite Kayle’s personal battle, she feels empathy for others.
“As her mother, I’m blessed to know that she is an amazing person who will do kind things in the world,” Gisel said. “I know she is going to help change the world.”
In two days, Laura Gisel’s post about Kayle generated nearly 600 likes on Facebook.
“What a GREAT story,” resident Cheri Toth wrote. “We adults can learn so much kindness from the innocence of children.”
(Tereasa Nims can be reached at [email protected])