This year Christmas time is a little extra special for one 5-year-old Lansdale boy.
Shane Popiny's dad Brett is a police officer. Often when Brett wears his uniform in the house, Shane will reach for the uniform's patch.
One day, Shane said, "Daddy, I want to a police officer just like you."
The obstacle is that Shane has Cerebral Palsy and is often confined to a wheel chair to assist his mobility.
To keep Shane's aspiration alive, the Popinys put together a YouTube video sharing Shane's story
and asking police officers to send a Law Enforcement patch to him.
The video shows how the family lives their life and raises Shane.
"We wanted to show people that no matter what a child faces, the family can overcome the obstacle together," Brett said.
Shane received patches from officers all over the country, making him the happiest kid around.
Shane with patches he received from police officers around the country.
"People just attach themselves to his smile and an outpouring of support comes our way," Brett said.
Since Brett gets paid on a weekly basis, being out of work for recovery has made bill paying difficult and present buying impossible.
With tears in his eyes, Brett accepted the gift of a Christmas from LEO yesterday at Toys 'R Us in Montgomeryville.
Each of the Popiny's children, Dominic, 7, Shane, 5, and Gianna, 2, were able to spend $400 on any toy of their choosing, while the rest of the $3,100 raised for the family was given to Brett and his wife Colleen to pay their bills.
Shane in Toys 'R Us yesterday with his new flying "Cars" toy.
"It's a complete surprise and overwhelming that so many people came together to do this for us," Brett said. "This just goes to show that part of what holds us together is our larger family in the law enforcement community."
To donate to the Popinys during this difficult time or show your support you can reach Colleen Popiny through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 41, Hatboro, Pa. 1940.
Labels: Cerebral Palsy, disability, Lansdale, love, police officer, youth