OREM, Utah (News4Utah) – Ellie Crockett wanted to go to Build a Bear Workshop for the first time on her 7th birthday. Sadly it was the same day as the “pay your age” promotion, and long lines prevented her from going in. An encounter with an Orem Police Officer eventually led to a big surprise.
Ellie and her family waited in line for two hours but didn’t make it in the front door. Later that night while out for pizza and standing in the parking lot with her sister. Ellie noticed Officer Tom Cook in his car driving by and decided to wave.
“She was kind of doing a little nervous wave and she also had a big smile on her face,” said Officer Cook. “I just thought I need to stop and tell her thanks.”
Officer Cook didn’t know anything about what had happened earlier in the day, but decided to give Ellie a gift.
“He opened his trunk and gave me a bear,” said Ellie.
She quickly rushed in to show her dad what she got. John then rushed out to thank the officer and told him how much a bear meant on that day.
“Today is her birthday, and you’ve just kind of made her day,” John told the officer.
After hearing the story Orem PD wanted to make sure Ellie got a Build-A-Bear. So they took to Facebook trying to track the family down.
On Thursday, officers helped Ellie and her three siblings pick out a Build-A-Bear with all of the accessories.
Officer Cook said they do fundraisers at the police department. That allows officers to spend it back in the community doing random acts of kindness for people.
Ellie said she was excited for her new bear although she didn’t give it a name yet.