Tween Spends 10th Birthday Raising Money for Police Department

Tween Spends 10th Birthday Raising Money for Police Department

This 10 Year Old SURPRISES Police – Gives Them Something They’ll Never Forget

( – Children are the country’s future, so it’s always nice to see one of them helping others. A Pennsylvania girl recently spent her birthday helping a special group of people instead of celebrating herself.

On Saturday, June 4, Kaley Bastine spent her 10th birthday raising money for the New Kensington Police Department’s second K9, Max, and his handler, Officer Jerry Hobeck. The department first acquired Max after someone donated $20,000. John Peck, who was the Westmoreland County District Attorney at the time, donated $50,000 for a new SUV for Max and Hobeck.

Officer Hobeck spent $3,000 on equipment for his new partner, and he pays about $1,800 annually for his training, food, and other necessities. Kaley’s fundraiser will help the officer handle the extra expenses.

At least 200 people attended the fundraiser outside a local pub featuring food trucks, live music, and raffles. One of the items up for grabs was memorabilia from the movie “A Man Called Otto,” starring Tom Hanks. The child raised a little less than $3,800 at the event.

Jamie Bastine, Kaley’s mother, spoke to Trib Live about her daughter’s fundraiser with pride. She called it “amazing” to see a child bringing the “community together for police officers.” She said she’s very proud of her daughter.

Kaley and her family have held multiple fundraisers over the last four years, raising nearly $41,000 for law enforcement agencies.

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