MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A younger Champlin man is main a one-person marketing campaign to achieve out to each police officer within the nation. He got here up with a easy but lasting approach to thank officers for his or her service.
WCCO discovered why a younger man who has challenges of his personal is set to assist officers who’re having a nasty day.
Surrounded by a supportive household, Matthew Johnson, a Monticello-raised child, usually felt alone amidst friends.
“I used to be at all times that shy child, by no means actually had associates, and sat on my own at lunch,” mentioned Johnson.
The 20-year-old is on the autism spectrum. Earlier than he graduated highschool, he made a life determination, to develop his social abilities.
“I figured, I’ve obtained to alter now as a result of I’m not gonna sit and be this depressed lonesome man all my life,” mentioned Johnson.
So he obtained into remedy and began a social mission, to jot down, ship, and hand out letters to thank and encourage Twin Cities law enforcement officials.
“I really feel prefer it was an excellent avenue for me to go down, growing these abilities, interacting with these heroes,” he mentioned.
Sgt. Patrick Faber of Fridley Police obtained handed a card whereas working a name for a theft at a retailer.
“I used to be clearing the scene and he approached me and he simply wished at hand me a card and I believed it was actually uplifting, it actually did change my day,” mentioned Faber.
Johnson determined to open up his mission, sending letters to 85,000 law enforcement officials throughout the nation and that’s just the start.
“I need to get to the purpose the place each officer has my appreciation,” he mentioned.
And because it seems, these letters are what’s saved Johnson going. He says he’s now not that shy highschool child.
“Not anymore, I lastly mentioned I’m not gonna let that stereotype of autism get to me,” mentioned Johnson.
He says he has gotten thanks’s from across the nation, officers mentioned they preserve his letter posted of their lockers or on their desks.
Johnson says this undertaking has additionally given him nice confidence. He graduated from Dunwoody Faculty and now has a job specializing in electrical work.
In case you’d like to assist along with his mission, he may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.