Police Officer Hugs Boy With ADHD Whose Family Was Left Homeless After Hurricane Maria

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A police officer in Raleigh, North Carolina, has been applauded by local residents after he appeared to console an eight-year-old boy whose family was left homeless after Hurricane Maria.

A clip shared to Facebook on February 13 shows a Raleigh police officer getting down on one knee and hugging a boy, who has autism and ADHD, after his family was recently 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 Hurricane Maria.

The police officer, Alejandro Tovar, set up a GoFundMe page to help with food and finding the family a place to stay until they can get back on their feet. He’s raised a total of $3,800 at the time of writing. Credit: ‎Sarah McKee‎ via Storyful