As many Americans took a moment to remember 9/11 and the lives lost that tragic day, a Lafayette boy, who wasn’t even alive at the time, honored the fallen in a unique way today.
It’s 10:45 in the morning at Hub City Diner, where a mom and her fifth grader begin showing their appreciation for first responders.
“I saw the a kids video, he was the same age as me and he brought the local police station donuts.” said Oliver Perry.
Oliver Perry was just seven years old at the time.
“They in turn bought the kid a toy police car to drive at the time.” said Lindsay Perry, Oliver’s Mom.
“I was like mom!!!! I want it!!!!” said Oliver.
“In his mind all he thought he needed to do was to feed these police officers and he was gonna get stuff so it was around august that we started and we were like look, let’s make it special and let’s do it for 9/11” said Lindsay Perry.
Oliver, wasn’t even born when the world stood still. But, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t touched him.
“From the first year I saw a documentary on it, I was devastated from what I saw, even though I wasn’t there”said Oliver.
Soon Ollie Shop was born- a series of lemonade stands where some of the profits go to charity and the other half is saved to pay for meals for our local heroes on 9/11.
“It’s really awesome you know especially a young kid doing this on his own time you know. He could be in school. But he’s here helping us.” said Matthew, a Lafayette First Responder.
“I don’t know. It just means a lot.” said Tim Delino, Captain For Lafayette Fire Department, “You don’t really see kids that age know what’s going on know what happened at that time and how many lives were really affected.”
It’s so special- local restaurants have stepped up to help Ollie help others.
Hub City Diner has been there from year one.
“He’s getting taller and taller every picture we are taking together. But, like I was speaking to Oliver today you know how kindness is addictive and it just grow upon itself and the power of one kind act has grown.” said Jason Redmon, of Hub City Diner, a Restaurant Partner with Ollie.
“What Ollie is doing, is amazing. A ten year old being so forward thinking, generous and giving back.” said Matt Blanchard, Owner of Blanchard’s Barbeque and Restaurant Partner with Ollie.
Give back. Two words Ollie hopes others will also put into action.
“I want people to, kids my age to be impacted and do something like this for first responders. It doesn’t have to be on 9/11 it can be on any day. Just give back to the police officers, firefighters and just say thank you.” said Oliver.