(June 21, 2019) Forty-six states and over 80,000 doughnuts later, Tyler “Donut Boy” Carach touched down in Ocean City last week to give the police department some warm doughnuts, and even warmer appreciation.
His journey began in 2016 in the small town of Bratt, Florida, when Carach decided to use his allowance to buy four deputies doughnuts from the local convenience store.
“I just thought that was awesome,” Sheena Carach, Tyler’s mother, said. “All the kindness I’m trying to teach him is working.”
Tyler gave the doughnuts to the officers and thanked them for their service. The deputies responded enthusiastically, and they seemed exceptionally excited, he said. He turned to his mother, and asked her why the snack had such an effect on them.
“It wasn’t the snack, it was because [we] took the time to say ‘thank you,’” Sheena told her son.
After hearing that from his mother, Tyler declared that he would give every officer in the United States a doughnut to show his appreciation.
“I was kind of shocked,” Sheena said. “There’s over 900,000 cops in America, how are you going to do that? He just kept telling me he could do it.”
Tyler’s story went viral, and since then he has spent almost every school break travelling the country to give doughnuts to officers.
Police Chief Ross Buzzuro said that he felt fortunate for the level of support Tyler and Sheena have shownto his department, and to officers everywhere.
“Law enforcement [is] here to serve the community,” Buzzuro said. “It’s about people and service, and this is just one example of forging that relationship with the community and the public in general.”
Doughnut shops from all over the United States have donated thousands of doughnuts to Tyler’s campaign.
“We thought it was amazing,” Brent Fauntleroy, a Dunkin Donuts franchisee, said about the project. “We met them in Houston when Harvey hit...we donated doughnuts for three days for the families…and they came and helped out. From there we’ve been partnering up with them anywhere we can help.”
For the most part, Sheena has said that the journey has been smooth, with only a few hiccups here and there.
“I’ve never been concerned about what he’s doing,” Sheena said. “I worried one time…and then I thought about the fact that we stand up for what we believe in, and he’s always surrounded by police officers, so he’s a very safe child.”
The journey does not stop after he hits all 50 states, Sheena said. Tyler has plans for other charity events, such as a wish program that will give equipment to police departments that need it.
Tyler’s work and appreciation for officers will continue for a long time—even after he becomes an officer himself.
“I want to be a K9 officer because I want to help people,” Tyler said. “And because I want a dog.”