Louisiana girl traveling the country to spread love, positivity to law enforcement makes a stop in South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D. – For the last five years, 12-year-old Rosalyn Baldwin of Louisiana has been on a mission to spread love and gratitude for law enforcement across the United States. With her mother, Angie, and brother, Phillip, they have made their way across the country to South Dakota. After meeting with officers in Rapid City, she explained her story.

How did you get started?

“I made this decision when I was six years old,” Rosalyn explained. “There was a shooting around Baton Rouge which, being a six-year-old, touched my heart. So I wanted to give out cookies and I wanted to give out hugs and hearts to the world.”

Giving to the world at first was a bit too ambitious, so her mother suggested to start within their community. And they did just that: cookies and hugs for local members of law enforcement.

“She came to us after she had this vision that she was supposed to go out and hug the peacemakers. And she was so determined about this vision that she knew God was calling her,” Rosalyn’s mother Angie said. “So, after some persuasion, we went ahead and went.”

With each officer she meets, she hands them a hand-made heart to show her gratitude for the work that they do.

How many states have you been to so far?

“This is my 44th state,” she stated.

Rosalyn was previously in Montana to meet with officers there. The family reached out to Rapid City law enforcement about meeting with them as it was on the way to Mount Rushmore, which she has wanted to visit.

What have you learned during your trips?

“I have learned how the police cars look, I have gotten to see the SWAT cars – you get to see these amazing things that you would not see the average person do,” she explained. “You get to see the officers. You get to meet their families. You get to see how they are human too.”

Rosalyn has also been able to share this experience with her brother Phillip, who has also been able to enjoy the different sights and activities the family has seen.

“You go back in time and you see him as a little baby on a horse with the Dover Police Officers, or in Vermont.”

What has been one thing that has stood out to you the most?

“I would say the ones that stood out were when I went on a helicopter ride in Arizona,” she explained. “And then another time — I can’t recount where I was — but I did go on a helicopter two times with law enforcement officers.”

What has it been like going to the different states?

Img 2954“It can be a bit sometimes, but it is really an amazing experience. You can’t really trade something for this,” she said. “Meeting the communities on the side always gives it more amazing opportunities and people along the way.”

According to her mother, Rosalyn chooses departments within smaller cities throughout the states they visit, and all are so excited to see her and surprised by the visit.

“It doesn’t matter if she hugs one officer, two officers in a place,” Angie said. “It matters that she loves them and reminds them of love.”

Where are you heading to next?

Rosalyn currently has six states left: California, Oregon, Alaska, Washington, Nevada, and Hawaii. However, she will probably be taking a break before finishing her goal.

“I think this is it for now,” she explained. “However, next year, we are going to go out again and deliver this message. And hopefully we can finish up by then.”

To see her and her family’s progress, check out their Facebook pager here. They also have a website explaining more about Rosalyn’s mission

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