WILMINGTON, MA — At Monday night’s Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting, town officials thanked 9-year-old twin brothers Colin and Jack MacLeod for donating their piggy bank savings — $91 — to purchase 20 masks for the Wilmington Police Department.
Police Chief Joseph Desmond said that the masks, which were created by David Josef Designs, looked great. They were very popular with his officers as all the masks were claimed by the end of roll call.
“I’ll be honest with you. I don’t know at 9 years old I would have spent the money the same way,” said Desmond. “The support from the town has been great, but this donation was just above and beyond.”
Town Manager Jeff Hull also expressed his appreciation to the twins, who are students at the Shawsheen Elementary School.
“$91 is a pretty good amount of money for kids your age. I’m not sure what kind of enterprises you’re working in,” joked Hull. “This [act of kindness] speaks really well about both of you and your parents. You really represent Wilmington well.”
Each Selectman also thanked the boys for their generosity.
“You guys are my favorite part of Wilmington,” said Selectwoman Jomarie O’Mahony. “When you help heroes — like emergency workers — you become heroes. So walk with your head high and be proud of your awesome decision.”
“This was an unbelievable act of kindness by you. It’s a great example for the rest of the community,” said Selectman Kevin Caira, who hopes the boys’ action would inspire others to do the same.
“In society, we hear all the bad things kids do, but we seldom hear the good,” noted Selectman Mike McCoy. “I’ve noticed during this pandemic a lot of kids and adults pulling together. I’ve seen a lot of nice things [such as your donation] on Facebook.”
“I’m very impressed the leadership and initiative that you two young men have shown,” added Selectman Jonathan Eaton, who said the boys’ parents must be very proud.
“We’re quite proud,” said dad Scott MacLeod. “They have a kind heart. We teach them to think of others before themselves… They’re always willing to help out other people.”
Scott: Quite proud. Have a kind heart. Teach them to think of others before themselves. Parents didn’t know what they were doing until they saw the note. Always willing to help out other people.
Selectman Chair Greg Bendel surprised the boys with a gift — AJ’s Kitchen reached out to Bendel after hearing of the MacLeod’s story and will be donating and delivering a pizza party to their house on Tuesday night for their whole family as a way to say thank you from the community.
“At 9 years old, I was running away from the police station, not towards it,” joked Bendel. “Jack and Colin have gone above and beyond what most kids their age are doing.”
Bendel Wants To Recognize More Random Acts Of Kindness
At the end of the meeting, Selectman Greg Bendel noted there’s countless random acts of kindness currently happening around Wilmington. While the Board of Selectmen can’t possibly acknowledge them all, Bendel said he would like to recognize at least one at each future meeting.
If you’d like to recommend someone who has done some good recently and deserves some recognition, or if you are a restaurant owner that would like to donate a meal to one of these do-gooders, contact Selectman Bendel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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