Officer hands out school supplies to gas station customers

Published: Aug. 13, 2016 at 7:07 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2017 at 7:41 PM CDT
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(Source: KSLA News 12)
(Source: KSLA News 12)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A few goodhearted people made an impact on everyone who pulled up to on West Shreveport gas station Saturday.

Regular gasoline at that time cost $1.79 a gallon at the station at West 70th Street at Buncombe Road.

But the school supplies Officer Jason Cook was handing out were free, and so were the smiles, handshakes and hugs he received.

"I feel like the Lord put us out here to serve," Cook said. "Anytime you can come out into the community show people you love them, show people you care about them, I think that helps build a relationship," says Officer Cook.

"Some children will really enjoy these school supplies," said Loretta Simmons.

K.I.N.G's Champs, the group that called Cook to help out, is a nonprofit for young people who just need a helping hand. So purple bags were handed out to whomever was there who has a child in need.

Making a difference is what Sean Beene of K.I.N.G's Champs wants to accomplish.

"Just make a difference, just give a little relief in the community."

The first sight of an officer in uniform approaching brought some walls up that Cook brought right down.

"Other people are a little hesitant at first. They're kinda like 'Hey, what's going on?' Then you let them know that these are free. All we want to do is bless the kids. Once that tension has gone down, their faces light up."

Saturday's effort helped 250 youths. Dozens more people saw the good of paying it forward.

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