LAKE COUNTY, Ohio– A local deputy does something amazing after dropping by a little girl’s lemonade stand.
According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Zach Ropos was on patrol Monday when he stopped at the stand to buy a drink. He asked the child named Gabrielle what she was going to do with the money. She said that she wanted to buy an iPad so she could play games on it and go on the Internet for schoolwork. Gabrielle told Deputy Ropos that she knew her family was going through a financially-difficult time and she knew she would have to work hard selling lemonade to get enough to buy her own iPad.
At first, Deputy Ropos was going to give her an older-model iPad that he had; when he found out it didn’t work, he bought her a new one on his own and gave it to her today.
The gift became even more valuable when Gabrielle’s mother told Deputy Ropos that just before he got there, Gabrielle offered to give all of her lemonade money to her mom to buy gas for the car.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said:
“I am sure he will be embarrassed to hear this highlighted and that it was never his intention to get recognized. But great job Deputy Ropos on making this little girl’s day! You really make a difference. And all of the best to Gabrielle and her new I-Pad.”