4-year-old Sidney Fahrenbruch is making headlines as one of the most generous children in the United States. Sidney is a spunky little girl with a whole lot of heart who, after learning that one of her heroes was battling cancer, decided she wasn’t going to let him fight it alone.
The man that Sidney is fighting for is none other than one of the town’s most recognizable police officers, Kyle Zulauf. Kyle is an Army veteran and father of three and has been serving the city of Longmont, Colorado for nearly a decade. He has been fighting pancreatic cancer for the last year-and-a-half.
Sidney has always had a big heart but, for as long as she can remember, she has been especially compassionate toward police officers. Her mom recalls the day when her daughter begged her to bring water to all of the traffic officers on a particularly hot day. “She has always done her best to go out of her way to make sure they are being looked after. Even when she was just two years old, she has always made sure they were okay.”
Sidney even spends her time making cookies (with the help of her mom, of course) for the Longmont Police force, and delivers them once a week. All of the officers and staff at the station know Sidney very well. That’s why, when she learned of Officer Kyle’s cancer battle, she knew she needed to help.
Sidney racked her brain trying to find ways to help her officer friend in a special way. After lots of different options, she did one of the most courageous things a four-year-old could do: she donated all of the money from her piggy bank! If you know kids, you know that their piggy bank is something that they guard very closely. They live for the moments that they can add to it, and often enjoy counting it and dreaming up what they could get with their very own money.
Sidney was different, however, and knew that there were better ways to spend her money. She went to her mom and her mom was absolutely shocked! “She works so hard to get money added to her piggy bank. It was her pride and joy,” she shared. Sidney’s mom knew that her daughter was serious about her donation, so made sure to get it to Officer Kyle right away!
He was without-a-doubt blown away. He was so surprised that little Sidney had decided to be so generous on her own, that he nearly cried over her selfless act. Though her donation wasn’t huge, it was the heart behind it that made such a dramatic impact in Officer Kyle’s life.
Since her donation, Officer Kyle has been greatly blessed by the donations from the people of Longmont. Sidney’s brave act of selflessness is truly remarkable as it kickstarted such an incredible cause. She will surely be a trailblazer for goodness in her life!