Girl writes heartwarming note to police officer dad who’s helping Hurricane Harvey victims

Waco Texas Police Commander Scott Holt and his daughter McKenna (Photo courtesy of Scott Holt / ABC News)

HOUSTON (ABC) — A girl in Texas had a heartfelt reminder for her police officer father who was headed to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“Dear Daddy,” Makenna Holt’s letter began, “I hope you don’t get hurt, but I hope you help other people that need it more than you do. I hope no one gets hurt more. I hope everyone gets away the hurricane. I love you!”

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(Image: Facebook / WacoPoliceDepartment)

Scott Holt, who’s been an officer for 22 years, told ABC News he saw his daughter’s note Monday morning in their kitchen as he was headed to work.

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The Waco Police Department commander admitted that he didn’t have a chance to read the note until about an hour after he’d left for work.

“This is something that she often does, so I just grabbed it and took it with me,” he said of the note.

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When Commander Holt did eventually read the letter he recalled telling himself, “Typical Makenna!” He added that his daughter has a “huge heart.”

“In her 12 years of life, we’ve been through a lot, so she’s getting to the age where she has her own level of understanding,” he said, noting that the police department recently had a fellow officer severely injured on duty. He’s now recovering, Commander Holt said.

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Holt said he still has his daughter’s note, which was shared on the police department’s Facebook page.

Sgt. Patrick Swanton added in a caption: “As our off-duty officers head into harm’s way to help with Hurricane Harvey rescues, we thought we’d share with you one of their family members thoughts.”

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