Boy 'Polices' Elderly Homes By Handing Out 'Kindness Tickets' To Residents

"He has passed out about 2,000 tickets in six months."

When an elderly person enters a nursing home, they're often not yet gone, but forgotten. Many go months — even years — without regular visits from their loved ones. But, for those who have met "Officer" Oliver Davis, life isn't quite so lonely, as he's made it his mission to spread smiles one resident at a time.

Since March, the 7-year-old has been visiting nearby nursing homes dressed as a police officer. As he cruises around in his police car, Oliver doles out flowers and "kindness tickets" to every single resident, offering up hugs and kisses along the way.

"[Oliver] went once the year before and he told me his New Year's Resolution in January was to go to more nursing homes," his mother Brandi Davis told A Plus. "He believes he's a real policeman. We discussed what policemen jobs were and how they help people and he said, 'Well, I need to help people, too, since I am a policeman.'"  

Brandi notes that, prior to each visit, she'll call head to ask what date and time works best. Oliver has "policed" about 20 area nursing homes. Also, Oliver's "tickets" are all handwritten, so he starts gathering his materials well in advance of every visit.

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"If we are going to a nursing home with 200 people, he starts signing the tickets a week before," Brandi said. "About 40 tickets a day. He loves the tickets because he thinks it makes him an official police officer. He has passed out about 2,000 tickets in six months."

"We usually go to one nursing home a week," she added. "Since school started, it has been a little harder to get to the nursing homes. Last year, he was in kindergarten for half a day, so we would just visit the nursing homes after school. During the summer, we visited at least one per week -— sometimes two or three. He had a day off from school last Friday and we went to a nursing home with 500 residents."

Thus far, Oliver's "tickets" have been an unsung hit, bringing happiness to those whose lives aren't exactly ideal. As Oliver once said: "Mom, do you know what made me happy? At the nursing home, if they smiled, it made me smile." And his gesture makes everyone he meets radiate joy.

"They love his ticket and flower. Someone told me it was the best thing to happen to them in a long time," Brandi said. "Another gentleman told me it reminds him of being in the war and receiving a letter from a girl, which brought him so much joy. He told me he was going to keep it forever. Many residents cry — I had to explain to Oliver that they are happy crying."

"He asks each resident do you want a hug? EVERYONE says YES!" she added. "Someone told me they have not received a HUG in 10 years from anyone!"

Fans of the Davis Family Facebook page have also been moved to tears by Oliver's generous nature. "If you have never been in a facility like this, you have no idea how beautiful this is to see this little man give his love to those residents. Some never ever have visitors. This just tears at my heart. God's grace is running through this special boy," one Facebook user wrote, noting how lonely and isolated nursing home residents can be.

Oliver's kindness reminds us that the elderly individuals among us aren't throwaway citizens simply because they need help in their old age. They deserve the same love and respect everyone deserves, for joy knows no age limits. Through Oliver's example, we too must make time for the elderly and enjoy their company while they're still here. They have a lifetime's worth of stories and lessons to tell, after all, so give them a hug and lend them your ear. These experiences could very well become something you share with the day's youth later on in your own life.

Cover image via Davis Family / Facebook

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