A young Iowa boy who had lost his police officer father to a car accident now collects business cards of other police officers as a hobby.
Shane Kelchen had already went through more than any child should — losing a parent at such a young age.
But to add insult to injury, a school bully destroyed a portion of Kelchen’s collection.
He was, obviously, devastated.
However, humanity prevailed and the good conscience of police officers around the country stepped in to help.
According to Guns.com, Kelchen and his family went to the Bellvue Police Department last Friday for a surprise:
[W]hich turned out to be greater than Shane had imagined. He said he knew he was getting some business cards, but he was thinking a small box of them or something like that. Not only did he receive another 150 business cards to add to his collection, the gift was nicely framed and even included his late father’s business card.
“We didn’t know that he had a business card and I didn’t have one of his, so that’s the first one I’ve gotten,” Shane said.
Officer Travis Toms with the Kansas City Police Department has a son about Shane’s age and started gathering cards from his department when he saw the boy’s story on social media. But soon, Toms was receiving cards from officers from New York to Los Angeles.
Shane’s mother, Tina, said the support they have received since her husband’s death over Labor Day weekend has been beyond anything she could have imagined.
“I knew (police officers) we were all one family, but this has really reinforced that they’re all truly there for us, they’re right by our side, they have been through this whole process,” she said.
Currently, Shane’s collection, which also includes patches and challenge coins, consists of more than 10,000 business cards and one very special one.
Blue lives do matter. And their families matter as well.
This act is a testament to the good that still exists in our society.
The established media may not focus on it; instead, they’ll focus on horror and tragedy to scare Americans into government reform and higher taxation.
But we here at the Federalist Papers will continue to highlight the good words and deeds of Americans, from the Bellvue police officers to the common Joe like Johnnie Langendorff.
It is easy to become cynical, sad, and/or angry in this type of political and cultural climate.
But we must remember, as Thomas Jefferson once said, that this boisterous sea of liberty will have many waves.
This is the true price of freedom.
Some will take advantage of said freedom.
And some will criticize freedom for that.
But we must remember that what we have each and every day is far greater than the few and far between who abuse that freedom.
Do not hear me wrong — I do not condone any violence, whether that be school bullying or church shootings.
What I am suggesting is that we recognize and celebrate the hundreds of ways people choose to do the right thing.
And, in those tragic situations, let us hope we are able to protect and defend ourselves when others choose otherwise.