Cards for Dallas

Gavin Mayo holds two the cards and letters created for his campaign to mail encouraging notes to the Dallas Police Department. Image: Carteret County News-Times

A North Carolina boy is using the mail to comfort police officers following the recent mass shooting in Dallas.

Gavin Mayo, 9, is encouraging people to send cards and letters to the Dallas Police Department. His goal is to mail 12,000 messages, or 1,000 for each of the officers killed or injured during the July 7 tragedy.

Gavin told the Carteret County News-Times he got the idea for the campaign after seeing a TV interview with Dallas Police Chief David Brown.

“I was watching the news and people were getting shot and everyone was yelling at the police,” Gavin said. “The police chief said they didn’t feel like they were getting any support. I wanted to give them support that they would never forget.”

The Beaufort, NC, church that Gavin attends held a letter-writing event last week where participants were provided with stationery, envelopes and other materials.

Similar events have been held in other communities in recent weeks, including in the aftermath of the Orlando, FL, massacre.

Gavin’s mom, Kelly Baker Mayo, said she’s proud of his efforts.

“My son is always coming up with these ideas, and you’ve got to support them,” she said.