Valdosta cop stops two young girls, gives out toys

| June 22, 2016

By Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News

VALDOSTA – On the streets of Valdosta, Officer Vernotis Williams is known by many, and it’s not for issuing tickets.

He gives out toys.

Something Anna Smith Lopez says she wasn’t expecting, when she recently ran errands with her nieces.

“I’ve never seen anything like that locally,” says Lopez. “I didn’t know anyone even did that around here.”

After posting a picture of what happened to Facebook, her post was shared hundreds of times.

“One of the little girls just waved and I waved, then the other one waved and I waved. They made me laugh,” says Williams, describing why he chose to give the toys to the young girls.

A seemingly random act of kindness that many say isn’t random.

Those young girls aren’t the only kids with toys from Officer Williams.

He says for several years he’s probably handed out thousands, which are all stored in the trunk of his patrol car.

“You don’t normally run into a police officer who has a trunk full of toys to give out to kids, so I think they were really surprised,” says Lopez.

Loved by many in the community, and now, it’s easy to see why.

“Everything that happened to me that day that could’ve been seen as negative or bad, someone yelling, screaming, or using profanity, didn’t even matter because all I thought about was those two little smiling girls,” says Williams.

A new friendship that both the girls and Officer Williams will remember for a lifetime.

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  1. Leigh Amiot says:

    Good, good news. Thank you, Officer Williams, and bless you.

  2. justice served says:

    I’ve been close friends with Vern since grade school, our community is blessed to have this man serving our community. My family and I consider ourselves lucky to call him a friend. My two boys have called him “uncle” Vern since they were able to talk. He was instrumental in showing my boys the importance of community service and supporting one of them joining the Valdosta fire department. Nothing but love and respect for you Vern!!!!!

    • Dean says:

      I agree with “justice served”. This community benefits from having Officer Williams in it. In the years that my family has known this wonderful man, I have never met a better guy. We need more people like him in this world. He always has a kind word to say and helping hand to give. And yes, he has been doing this sort of thing for years…