Tuesday night we told you how bullies stole shoes and socks from the feet of 12-year-old Peter Dooley, the Lancaster boy who police reported missing for several hours.
After our story aired, FOX43 received an outpouring of emails and social media messages from people asking how they could help.
Carol Zink was the very first person who reached out.
She told FOX43, how bullies picked on her when she was a kid and says she understands exactly what Peter is going through.
Today she wanted to show him that not everybody in this world is bad.
When Carol Zink first heard Peter’s story, she was in shock.
“I couldn’t believe that kids could be that mean to another child,” says Carol Zink.
Peter Dooley told us his brand new shoes and socks were stolen from his feet by kids whose feet are too big to even fit into his shoes.
So Zink and her husband wanted to fix what had happened.
“We have to do something, he said we can’t let that go,” says Zink.
We followed her to the K-Mart in Columbia where she bought Peter a gift card to get new shoes
And then we followed her down Hager Street where Peter Dooley lives with his mother and 5 brothers and sisters.
The family was sitting on the front porch when we arrived.
“I know what it’s like to be picked on and I know what it feels like to have something like this happen,” said Zink.
Peter and his mother were shocked when they realized what was happening.
“And I want to give Peter a special gift,” said Zink.
“This is a gift card so you can go get yourself another pair of shoes,” said Zink,
“Aww thank you, thank you so much,” said Peter and his mother, Tammy Muriel.
It was a generous gift from someone who’s been there before.
“God bless you peter, not everybody in the world is bad,” said Zink.
“Thank you so much I appreciate it very much, thank you again,” said Muriel.
We reached out to the Lancaster School District to ask them what they’re doing about this situation.
They tell FOX43 the administrator at the school met with Peter and his mother to talk about what happened and to make sure the “correct support” is in place to prevent this from happening again.
We’re told this is now in the hands of the Lancaster City Police, who will be going to the school on Thursday to find out more on exactly what happened Tuesday afternoon.