A Raleigh police officer’s moment of kindness has gone viral.
Alejandro Tovar, of the Raleigh Police Department, hugged an 8-year-old boy whose family was left homeless after Hurricane Maria.
A video shared to Facebook on Feb. 13 shows Tovar getting down on one knee to hug the boy, who has autism and ADHD, after his family was evicted from a motel.
Speaking to local media, the boy’s mother, Natasha Torres, said she and her two children fled Puerto Rico in the aftermath of devastating Hurricane Maria.
Tovar set up a GoFundMe page to help with food and finding the family a place to stay until they could get back on their feet.
Within 24 hours, the GoFundMe campaign had raised nearly $4,000 of its $5,000 goal and more than 80 people had donated.
To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/victims-of-hurricane-maria-in-Raleigh.