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First Responders Surprise Strangers With Cupcakes

STROUDSBURG — Police, EMTs, and firefighters worked to spread some kindness in the Poconos on Wednesday. They surprised hundreds across Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg with a sweet treat.

They were some special sweet deliveries; police, firefighters, EMTs, all paying it forward with cupcakes.

"We're giving out cupcakes, just going up to random people and staff and handing out cupcakes," said Stroud Area Regional Police Officer Chris Shelly.

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The random acts of kindness were delivered at Pocono Medical Center in the ER unit to people including Lorrie Shick, whose granddaughter is sick.

"We've been awake all night, and so just to get an x-ray to make sure it's nothing serious."

They also visited the cancer center across the street.

Others were surprised out in the heat.

The East Stroudsburg University football team got a delivery of popsicles right after practice.

"It was tremendous what they did for us!"

All of those cupcakes were made at Kitchen Chemistry and if you were lucky enough to be driving by at the right time, police were even handing them out to drivers on Main Street.

Photos posted on social media tracked the stops from the Monroe County Children and Youth offices in Stroudsburg,

to East Stroudsburg South High School cross country,
and the 911 dispatch center.

Part of the cupcake canvas across town is promoting Stroud Area Regional's 5k next Thursday. It will benefit five first responders and their families in need in Monroe County, including Ben Capozzi, PMC supervisor of safety and security.

"I recently lost my wife of almost 19 years, April 13 of this year to uterine cancer," said Capozzi.

Ben's wife Tobee was an EMT with West End Ambulance.

These officers hope their sweet surprise inspires others to pay it forward

"All the bad stuff in the world, this is good, this is good food for the soul."

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