GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The impact a Gulfport police officer made on an elementary student is clear to see. For Tucker Meeker, it truly is the little things that make the biggest impact.
It was just before Halloween when the first grader heard Officer Josh Skaggs give a presentation about trick or treating safety. During the presentation, Skaggs mentioned his favorite candy.
"I said, 'If you have any peanut butter cups, make sure you put them to the side, and I'll come check them out for you,'" said Skaggs.
The statement was made in passing, but as a big fan of law enforcement, it stood out in Tucker's memory.
"I kind of just laughed it off like it was a joke. It wasn't until we left that I realized it was something that kind of stuck with him," said Tucker's mom, Alyssa Meeker.
Tucker turned the statement into a personal mission.
"I knew when he said that he probably liked them a lot," said Tucker.
Tucker started stowing away the candy little by little until he had collected enough to gift Skaggs with.
"It's really special when they do something like this for you," said Skaggs.
Skaggs said the gesture warmed his heart.
"It warms the belly after I eat them," said Skaggs behind a smirk.