KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WOOD) — A small, kind gesture from a young West Michigan girl inspired a Kent County sheriff’s deputy to give back.
Deputy Natashia Smith was working her normal shift in southern Kent County when she and her partner got a call; a neighbor was concerned about the well-being of a group of children playing outside.
“My partner went to go talk to mom and I went and took the kids into their bedroom and just kind of hung out with them and talked to them,” said Smith. “They were so just sweet and friendly.”
As Smith spent time with the four children, who share a room in their mobile home, one of the girls pulled out her bracelet-making kit and offered to make the deputy one.
“She’s like, ‘Well what colors would you like? Would you like them brown to match your uniform?’ I said ‘Well, maybe do black and blue for law enforcement colors,’ and she said ‘OK, great.’”
Smith hasn’t taken the bracelet off since.
“I couldn’t get them out of my head, like I couldn’t stop thinking about them,” she said.
Out of their own pockets, Smith and a dispatcher pitched in and bought toys, clothes and other goodies for the children.
“(The kids) just came running over to me they’re like, ‘You’re back! You’re back!’” she recollected.
The deputy says she plans to continue to stay in contact with the kids and stop by anytime she’s in the area.
“When I look at that (bracelet), it’s my badge. It’s what I represent and it’s why I’m out here doing what I’m doing. This means a lot to me now,” she said.