Rosalyn Baldwin has one mission: to hug to police officers in all 50 states.
On Wednesday, the 8-year-old explained how her journey from her home in Hammond, Louisiana, began.
“It was God, he told me to do this mission. I couldn’t sit around doing nothin’ about it,” said Rosalyn Baldwin.
Vermont marked state number 34.
“It feels great, it feels emotional, in a good way,” said Rosalyn.
For officers on the receiving end, they couldn’t help but be in awe of this little girl’s ambitious mission.
“To have somebody go out of there way and just that genuine feel of love, as soon as she got out of the car she came and she was appreciative, you could tell she wanted to be there, and the energy she brings, it makes all the difference in the world for what we do day in and day out,” said Brian Gosselin, patrol officer at Northfield Police Department.
Her mother, Angie Baldwin, spoke about her daughters’ love and appreciation.
“She tries to go out and say, ‘Hey I know I’m little, but I have a big heart and I can share it with the nation’ and she see’s these guys as our protectors, the ground keepers, the people that make everything right with the law,” said Angie Baldwin.
She said sh opes to collect patches from each of the police departments she visits.
“I’m planning on collecting them. Some police stations have all these on the wall and I have a big bag so I can put them all inside and I can pull one of them out and hopefully they’ll match,” said Rosalyn.
The Baldwin family started a GofundMe page named ‘Rosalyn-Loves 2018 Mission’ to help fund this dream of love, and share in this adventure of appreciation for the nations law enforcement.