MOUNT MORRIS - Lifelong Mount Morris resident Lindsey Eastman loves to bake and help others. Normally, she bring cookies to her boyfriend’s work but recently, she said her young son came up with a different idea.
“My boy was like ‘Mommy, can we bring some to the cops too?’” recalled Eastman during a recent interview.
Eastman thought that was a good idea and whipped up about six dozen cookies. With her sons Cameron, 5, and Carson, 3, the family dropped them off on June 4 to Mount Morris Ambulance workers, members of the Mount Morris Fire Department and officers with the village’s police department.
“I don’t want my kids to grow up and hate people that are heros here,” said Eastman.
For the officers, getting the cookies it was a welcome surprise and to thank them, the two young boys got a special tour of the fire department.
“They loved it and they put the boys in the fire trucks. It melts my heart and I love to give,” said Eastman.
In addition to cookies, the family also gave the police officers a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card.
For Eastman, helping out the officers in Mount Morris has become part of her daily routine.
“Anytime a cop goes by I will stop and ask if they are hungry, sometimes they will stop and take a plate. I just want people to just say thank you and to know that they are here on our side,” said Eastman.
She’s hoping that others who see or read about her acts of kindness will do the same to help the officers that she says are putting their lives on the line to protect the residents of Mount Morris.
“I am hoping more kids out there and even adults will see that just a thank you is nice,” she said. “You don’t have to make anything, just go up them and say ‘Thank you.’ It does so much for our officers and our first responders just to say thank you.”
Eastman said she’s hoping to bring another batch of cookies to the first responders again sometime in the near future. It’s a gesture she hopes will help educate her sons and others about the importance of giving back.
“Even though that one cop did wrong, it does not mean that all cops and firemen are bad,” said Eastman in apparent reference for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who’s been charged with murder in the death of George Floyd. “They are a lot of good people and it is sad that there are a few that are not so good. I don’t want my kids to grow up thinking that people are bad because they are not.”