It's hard to feel uplifted while watching images and footage of people suffering at the hands of Hurricane Harvey, one of the worst natural disasters in our nation's history. But now a heartwarming story coming out of Houston shows that even in the worst of times, love wins.
The daughter of an off-duty police officer with the Waco Police Department named Sgt. Scott Holt wrote him the sweetest note expressing her concerns for his safety as he tried to help flood victims. But then she added how important it was for him to do what he was doing.
The Waco Police Department posted the note to its Facebook page where it promptly went viral. Because, we need love right now.
"Dear Daddy, I hope you don't get hurt, but I hope you help other people that need it more than you do," the little girl wrote to Holt. "I hope no one gets hurt more. I hope everyone gets away the hurricane. I love you!" she concluded.
A caption to the photo of the note added by the police department reads, "And let me say this, I know this young lady (the Officers daughter) personally and know that it took everything that her daddy could do to keep her from loading up with him to go."
Sgt. Swanton, who shared the image of the letter to Facebook, told Parents.com: "People need to know there are so many different sides to this tragedy down in southern Texas." Of Sgt. Holt's little girl, he said, "I know his daughter, and she’s a little spitfire of a kid with a heart as big as Texas." He also said about the officers who headed to Houston, about 3 hours from Waco, "They are getting nothing other than the satisfaction of Texans helping Texans."
CNN reports that Holt and other officers went to Houston with his own money, time and boat because he wanted to help. What an amazing display of humanity, and clearly, Holt is teaching his daughter the same sense of love and compassion for others.
Here's how you can help Hurricane Harvey victims.
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