Phoenix police officers get school supplies for young girl

PHOENIX - After seeing a young girl crying on her walk to school, Phoenix police stepped in to brighten her day.

On Aug. 5, young Leslie Gonzales was crying while carrying two books without a backpack on her first day of school.

Officer Ben Carro was at Loma Linda Elementary near 20th Street and Indian School Road, talking to aid Jill Lebario at the time.

Lebario noticed Leslie crying and asked what was wrong.

Leslie said she didn't have a backpack and her mother wouldn't be able to buy one for about two weeks.

The aid told Officer Carro why Leslie was crying, and Carro then said he would take care of it.

Carro contacted Officer Jon McLachlan, both Community Action Officers, and they decided to take a trip to Target.

The two officers bought Leslie a backpack, lunch box, water bottle, folders, pens, markers, crayons, ruler and pencils.

Carro and McLachlan then went back to school and gave the school supplies to Leslie.

The Phoenix Police Department shared the story and photo on their Facebook page Tuesday.

"She was smiling and enjoying a fresh start to the new school year!" the post said.

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