Seven-year-old Rosalyn Baldwin has a dream, and it's a big one. She wants to hug a police officer in every. single. state. She is road-tripping across the U.S. to make that dream come true.
"This came about as a result of the Dallas shootings," her mother, Angie Baldwin, said. She was referring to the killings of five officers last year in Texas. "And it really amped up after Louisiana," she said, referencing the deaths of three more officers last summer.
Rosalyn's family has close friends within law enforcement, and the spirited girl decided police officers needed her support. So, she told her parents she wanted to offer hugs. Her initial plan was even more ambitious. "First she [wanted to hug officers in] all the nations in the world," her mother said.
Angie and her husband, Eric, suggested their daughter start smaller, going to the police station in nearby St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. "We took her around to a few officers to see if it would pass." It didn't. Rosalyn only wanted to hug more police officers. "So, I said 'I'm gonna help her do it because I think, as parents, it's important to help her'" her mother said.
That was in January. Since then, the family has made it to 16 states and are still going strong. They travel during school breaks and holidays to make Rosalyn's dream come true. The Dream is funded in part by donations through GoFundMe. Angie hopes to hit all 50 states in two years' time.