(CNN) – Most 8-year-olds want a toy or a party for their birthday, but not Adam Hassan.
The second grader decided to give $100 of his birthday money to police officers in Columbia, Missouri.
When the officers found out, they wanted to give him something in return.
So Adam got a ride to the station, a tour and an assignment.
The special visit means a lot to Adam’s family who is from Somalia.
“A proud mother, like every mother would. I’m very proud of him,” said his mother Amina Mohamed. “As an immigrant from a country that is lawless I appreciate the law and order. And I feel safe going to bed at night.”
“And to have a young man come in here and show support just means the world,” said Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones.