Police officers provide backpack for girl

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By Sarah Blais By Sarah Blais
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
PHOENIX -- Two Phoenix police officers performed a random act of kindness when they provided a young girl with a backpack on her first day of school.
Last Monday by Loma Linda Elementary School, Officer Ben Carro saw a young girl walking alone and crying. An aide, after speaking with the child, told Carro she was upset that she didn't have a backpack because her mother wouldn't be able to buy her one for two weeks.
From there, Carro contacted Officer Jon McLachlan and they took a trip to Target. They picked up a backpack, as well as a lunchbox, water bottle and various school supplies. The two presented them to the girl, Leslie Gonzales.
"In the end, Leslie had come to school crying and upset, but by the middle of her first hour on that ever so important first day of school, she was smiling and enjoying a fresh start to the new school year," said a post from the Phoenix Police Department's Facebook page.