I stumbled upon this inspiring and heartwarming story of a police officer in New Hampshire who caught a woman stealing baking ingredients from a local store. When he found out the ingredients were for her child’s birthday cake, he brought the items back to the store, and bought them for the woman. While the officer didn’t condone the theft, he was able to show his community that a little compassion can go a long way.
A 19-year member of the city’s police force, Kotsonis hoped his kindness would remain anonymous.
“I didn’t do it for the attention,” he said Tuesday. “What you do when no one is looking, that’s the character of someone.”
It was an employee of Ocean State Job Lots who reported Kotsonis’ goodwill to the Portsmouth Herald, calling it “the kindest thing in the entire world.”
“With all of these stories about bad cops, I thought y’all would love to hear this one,” said the store worker, who asked to be unnamed. “He’s a Portsmouth police officer and I literally have never had such an amazing experience with an officer and I’m hoping that he can get some sort of recognition.”
Kotsonis reluctantly agreed to talk about the theft call that became an act of charity, saying it’s one of many similar things his fellow officers “do all the time.”
“We don’t publicize it,” he said. “We don’t do stuff to brag about it. I don’t need an article to know what’s right and wrong.”
What a wonderful story, and a welcome reminder around the holiday season that there’s way more kindness than hate in our world.