(Today Show)– A 5-year-old Kentucky girl who saw a group of long-faced grown ups did what many an adult would do for a gloomy child: She bought them ice cream.
Isabella Gregory had stopped at a nearby McDonald’s to use the bathroom, but then spotted several of the Kentucky state troopers she had seen earlier that afternoon during a funeral procession for one of their fallen colleagues.
She told her mom she wanted to get the officers ice cream using her allowance money.
“I told her that would be an amazing idea, so we did that,” Sarah Yockey, Isabella’s mom, told TODAY.com. “As soon as we got done paying for the first couple of troopers, we saw more walk in. She said, ‘Mommy, there’s more. We have to buy more ice cream for them, too.’ So that’s what we did. She ended up buying a total of eight sundaes for all of them there.”
Yockey said they were in the area last Friday because her 7-year-old son had football practice nearby. Her children also paused to watch the funeral procession the troopers organized in honor of a fellow Kentucky State Police trooper who was fatally shot after a traffic stop earlier this month.
“Isabella wanted to treat them because she knew that their friend had died, and she wanted to make them smile,” Yockey said. “It made me feel good as a single mom knowing that I’m raising my kids in the right way, in a positive way. ”
Isabella also ended up buying one of the officers a meal after he found himself 10 cents short at the register and had asked his friends for some money.
“Well, my daughter looked up and said, ‘Mommy, buy him his food with my money. Use your card,’ because her money is in an account attached to my debit card,” Yockey recalled. “She actually paid for his meal. He told me, ‘Ma’am, you didn’t have to do that.’ I said, ‘I didn’t. She did.'”
The man bent down to thank Isabella, who went in for a big hug.
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