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Grieving Fan Feels "Awkward" to Talk to TV Star - So He Goes Out of His Way to Remedy It

For a lot of people, meeting their favorite television or movie star is high up on their bucket list. It's why hundreds of thousands of people shell out big bucks and brave massive crowds at various pop culture conventions every year. After all, they aren't JUST celebrities; oftentimes they've been with us through some of the most significant periods in our lives (they just don't know it.)So, when one grieving fan heard that Alan Tudyk, the star of Resident Alien was going to be at the Boston Fan Fest, she knew she had to meet him. She wanted to thank him for helping her survive the darkest time of her life. However, when the time came, her nerves got the better of her and she "blew it." Fueled by embarrassment and remorse and needing to vent, she turned to Reddit to share her experience. And that's when fate...who looks suspiciously like Alan Tudyk...stepped in.

A teen boy and girl wearing formal clothes for Homecoming dance and a man in a suit looking surprised.
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Bullies Play Homecoming Prank on Boy With Autism - So This Beauty Queen Steps In

High school is a formative time that offers different experiences for different kids. There are many events, like prom and homecoming, that help mark that time and create lasting memories. So when those memories are tainted by bullies, it’s a big deal.

Womans Childhood Classmate Used to Pack Her Lunch - Years Later, Does Something Incredible to Honor Her
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Womans Childhood Classmate Used to Pack Her Lunch - Years Later, Does Something Incredible to Honor Her

*Featured image contains photo by olia danilevich and Oleksandr PAnyone who has ever experienced food insecurity knows that it never really leaves you. Those hunger pangs, even when they're long gone, linger, a phantom reminder of darker days.When Haley was in third grade, she knew those pangs well. Her family was struggling and there was never enough to eat. One of her classmates noticed and would pack an extra lunch for her. Her name was Gracie May.Although the two classmates lost touch after fourth grade, Haley never forgot her. Years later, Haley had a daughter...she named her "Gracelyn Marie" in honor of that little girl.How a Young Girl Made a Lasting ImpressionIn a TikTok video that is shattering hearts everywhere, Haley (@bby_hxxii) shares an emotional 7-second clip she simply captions "Angels are real."Set to the haunting lyrics, "I think of you all the time," from Alex Olsen's song, Someday I'll Get It, the video zooms in on Haley as she blows a kiss.“To that sweet girl in 3rd grade that would bring in an extra lunch box with food just for me, thank you so much. I named my daughter after you," Haley writes in the text overlay.Welp. It may be simple but boy, does it pack a punch. One commenter summed it up in 8 words:"'I named my daughter after you' I'm sobbing."The video has struck a nerve. In just a few days it's gone viral with over 2.8 million views, 630,000 likes, and more than 4800 comments.Its message has resonated with people all over the globe, a poignant reminder of the profound impact of kindness.Reaction to the Viral TikTokThousands of people took to the comment section, touched by Gracie's actions and the way Haley chose to honor her."Love how you honored her," wrote one commenter."Her mama was looking out for you," said another. "I hope she sees this. kindness always comes back," said a third.But in addition to all of the love, it also started a tsunami of goodness. People began sharing their own stories, hundreds of them. And if these doesn't restore your faith in humanity, nothing will.Here are just a few:"I had the same bday as one of my classmates and every year her mom did a big party in the classroom for her and my name would always be on the cake too." — Britney"When I was in 7th grade, a popular girl (never talked to her) heard that my mom couldn't afford Christmas for me that year. Her & her mom went Christmas shopping for me and brought me gifts to school. I will never forget that. I think of it often and hope she's well." — Ambria"My son noticed a quiet kid in his class w holes in his shoes/clothes. He came to school the next day w clothes he didn’t want. - the boy wears his new outfits daily & my son says he tells jokes now." — Alli"I remember a teacher that would call me to class before going home to give me 4 cans of raviolis for me and my 3 siblings. I never told her but she knew." — neener-neen"The boy that danced with me at the primary school dance when no else would ~ who passed away a few years later from cancer. Always in my heart." — Clarel892"My mom named me after the first friend she made when she moved to America." — L"I used to hate my smile until one girl told me she loved my side dimples. every time I smile I think of her to this day because she made me appreciate it instead of hating it." — Ana NjeriOne Small Act of Kindness Can Change Someone’s WorldAfter grade four, Haley moved from Texas to Arizona. It's been 13 years since she's seen Gracie but not a day goes by that she doesn't think about her. THAT is the power of kindness.To Gracie, it was probably just lunch. To Haley, it was the world. And she never forgot it. And now, neither will her daughter."To live rent free in someone's head for an act of kindness is something we should all strive for."More from Goalcast:Child Realizes Hungry Classmates Don’t Have Lunch – So He Makes an Unexpected Request to His Mom“Homeless” Man Insists on Paying for an Expensive Lunch at Restaurant – So the Server Tells Him a LieMom Has Perfect Response to Teacher Who Called Her Son’s Lunches ‘Disgusting’ – Then She Receives a Shocking Email

Stranger Tests Woman by Asking Her for Money - Little Did She Know What He Was Planning
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Stranger Tests Woman by Asking Her for Money - Little Did She Know What He Was Planning

In a viral video exemplifying true generosity, an older woman pushes a cart down a street. Inside the cart sits her small dog. A man approaches her. We can’t see him in the video, though. The camera focuses on the woman in the blue-striped shirt, pushing her dog along and carrying a stick in her hand.“Hi,” the man says as he approaches her, “we’re out of petrol. Can you help us?” He asks her for a small amount of money.The woman hesitates, shakes her head and sighs. She’d clearly like to help, but she apologizes for having nothing to give, nothing at all. She seems to look around in desperation, truly wishing she could help the man. But as she repeats sadly, she has nothing to give.“I have nothing, nothing…not even a cent,” she replies.“How come you don’t have even a cent?” The man continues to ask her questions. Where does she live? The woman explains that she stays in a shack behind the post office. What’s the name of your pet? “Chickie,” she replies.A Test of Human InteractionIn such a situation, where someone on the street is asking for money, most people would just keep walking, not even bothering to give the person the time of day, much less money. This woman who was living in a shack took the time to make eye contact with the man, answer him honestly, and have a civil conversation. It was her own form of generosity.She wanted to help, but she just couldn’t. Like a neighbor, she explained her situation and even told the man the name of her dog. When he asked her a question, she didn’t keep walking. She stopped and talked to him.Stranger Gives Woman a GiftLittle did she know, the man begging for money was South African philanthropist and motivational speaker Bi Phakathi. Sometimes called the “Secret Santa” of South Africa, he takes great lengths to keep his identity a secret. Many of his videos have gone viral, and he has over 2 million followers on Instagram. But he always remains behind the camera. He prefers to keep the focus on the act of generosity and compassion, not on himself. He believes everyone should be able to live with dignity, and he films his interactions with the poor and the homeless in the hope that others will be inspired to follow in his footsteps.In this video, once the woman tells him the name of her dog, he hands her some money. She’s shocked and doesn’t want to take it at first; but as he explains, he was just testing her. He knew her story, and he was there to help.Unbelievable GenerosityThe woman is visibly touched and grateful. When the man gives her the money, she audibly exhales. Her relief and gratitude are tangible. Bi Phakathi doesn’t stop there. He continues to give her more and more money, much to her disbelief. He sticks more bills in the cart with Chickie. The woman shakes her head, thanking him over and over.Bi Phakathi saw a woman in need and recognized the generosity of her soul. As he continues to hand her money, the woman says that she’s going to buy food. Then, she says that she’s going to share the money with the others that live in shacks around her. She wants to make a meal for her community. She’s going to pay it forward.A True Gift to OthersBi Phakathi’s charitable work is itself inspired by the generosity of his own parents. He honors their spirit and goes above and beyond: covering medical expenses, buying homes for the homeless, and providing job training to help people get on their feet and be self-sufficient. He always remains behind the camera, focusing on the work he’s doing rather than on the man who is doing it. And his videos have touched the hearts of millions of viewers. After seeing how he helped this kind, unassuming woman, viewers were quick share what stood out to them:“In her condition, she was thoughtful of people like her, what an amazing human being.”“It’s always the people that don’t have that is willing to help others. Bless her for her good heart…You left a lump in my throat.”“If we only had more generous people like this, what a different world this place would be.”There are works of generosity and there are those of compassion. A connection was made that day through an act of kindness: in the gift of financial help, but also and especially in the gift of human connection and understanding.More from Goalcast:Stranger Hands Something to Homeless Man on Metro – It Ends Up Completely Changing His LifeFreezing Homeless Man Goes to a Closed McDonald’s – Manager Defies All Rules and Does This“Homeless” Man Insists on Paying for an Expensive Lunch at Restaurant – So the Server Tells Him a Lie

Drunk Man Forgets His Sleepy Son on Subway - Students Take Matters Into Their Own Hands
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Drunk Man Forgets His Sleepy Son on Subway - Students Take Matters Into Their Own Hands

Most of us never know how we’d react in an emergency situation until we’re actually in one. It’s nice to think that we’d be cool, calm and collected if that moment ever comes, but sometimes the pressure is too much, or the situation is so unbelievable that we crumble.Thankfully, that was not the case for a group of university students in China, who sprang into action when they noticed a little boy asleep and by himself on the subway. A Call to ActionLast January, some students were traveling by subway in China’s Henan province when they noticed a little boy alone. The child was sleepy and could barely keep his eyes open, but he didn’t have a guardian nearby.In a video shared by South China Morning Post, the students tried to ask the boy where his father was, but he kept falling back asleep and laying his head on one of their arms.“Where am I?” the little boy asked at one point.“You’re in the subway, where is your dad?” one of the students responded.Instead of responding, the child just kept closing his eyes and laying his head down to rest.Finding the FatherAccording to witnesses in the subway, the little boy’s father had drunk too much and left his child in the carriage. So the boy had no clue where his father was and wasn’t able to convey much information to the students.Fortunately, the students stuck with the boy until they could find help. They continued asking him questions and trying to learn his father’s phone number before they were able to locate staff members.Eventually, the staff members were able to contact the father and reunite him with his son, and the video of the event went viral.“LOL, the kid is actually safer when he is with the university students than with his father,” one person commented. “These college students are really kind-hearted,” wrote another.A Little Kindness Goes a Long WayIt’s easy to judge the father in this situation or worry for the boy. While we don’t know what really happened that night on the subway that caused the father to leave his son behind, we do know that the kindness of others enabled them to safely reunite.That alone is a powerful message: anyone can make a big difference with just a little kindness. It’s a good takeaway for all of us the next time we see someone in distress or need. No one ever expects or wants to be in an emergency situation, but by setting your own day aside and doing what you can to help, you may be the hero someone unexpectedly needs.That’s true of everyday acts as well. Whether it’s sending a friend a nice text, bringing a coffee or tea to someone who could use a boost, or baking extra treats for a neighbor, random acts of kindness always seem to come at the right time. And who knows, to someone else, your kind act could be the thing that makes or breaks their day.More from Goalcast:Stranger Learns 70-Year-Old Is Raising Grandkids by Herself – Then a Familiar Man Shows Up at Her DoorstepTeacher Catches a Student Sleeping in Class – Instead of Punishing Her, He Lets Her Sleep for This ReasonStranger Spots Little Boy Sleeping Alone on the Ground in a Cemetery – The Reason Why Is Touching

12-Year-Old Takes a Chance to Write a Letter to Costco's CEO for Fundraiser Help - Within Minutes He Receives a Reply
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12-Year-Old Takes a Chance to Write a Letter to Costco's CEO for Fundraiser Help - Within Minutes He Receives a Reply

We often hear stories about big box stores and companies with CEOs who have lost touch with everyday people and the reality of how things are for many. So when you hear about a CEO who is willing to not only engage with his customers but also help them out, the kindness of it warms your heart.That’s why this story of a sixth grader who wrote to the CEO of Costco is getting so much attention. Not only does it show that there is still some good at the top, but that sometimes, all you need to do is ask and you shall receive.A Valentine’s Day FundraiserLast year, a 12-year-old boy needed a way to promote his North Hollywood school’s Valentine’s Day fundraiser. Grant Cerwin knew he could do roses or something like that, but he wanted something even bigger to get people’s attention. So he took a chance and wrote a letter to Costco's CEO about them possibly donating one of their famous 93-inch stuffed teddy bears.“We want to raffle off one of your giant bears as a Valentine’s Day fundraiser for our school,” he wrote, as per ABC News. “I would make sure everyone knew you gave it to us in our school newsletter, on social media, and with a big sign by the bear. I know it is a long shot, but I thought it couldn't hurt to ask.”A Surprising ResponseCerwin admitted he didn’t really expect a response, but Craig Jelinek responded within minutes. He forwarded the email to his employees and instructed them to “do whatever it takes” to get Walter Reed Middle School a giant teddy bear.Soon, Cerwin’s ask was fulfilled.“Good morning Grant. I am the Toy Supervisor at our Costco’s LA Regional office. I have good news, Costco will be donating a 93” Plush Bear to your school to use in your Valentine’s Day fundraiser!” read an email. “We could have it delivered to the school directly so your parents don’t have to worry about transporting it.”The bear was a huge hit. More than 300 people paid for a raffle ticket to win it, raising $1,500 for the school. Those funds went toward future handball courts and the school’s mural.“I really learned that you have to take your chances,” Cerwin added. “So, if you have that chance, you should take it.”A Valuable LessonAs Cerwin himself said, sometimes in life you just have to take a chance. People are often afraid to ask for what they need for fear of rejection. But at the end of the day, if you don’t ask you definitely won’t get what you need.Often, you’ve got nothing to lose by asking for help. That can be true of a fundraiser or community rally, but it can also be true when we need help in our own lives. So pick up the phone, send a text or even write an email if that’s what you’re comfortable with.But never be afraid to ask for help. We all need a little help now and then. And if you’re the type of person who is willing to help others, the odds are pretty great that people will want to help you in your time of need, too.More from Goalcast:Coffee Shop Owner’s Friends Open Up a Competing Business – Then One Piece of News Changes Everything19-Year-Old Goes to Hotel to Take Part in a Raffle – Little Did She Know Her Friends Had a Secret Plan in PlaceMan Takes $800 From Vacation Fund Without Telling His Wife – Then Reveals What He Did With It Over Text

Blind Man Walks 5 Miles to His Job at Walmart Daily - A Stranger Notices Him and Comes Up With a Plan
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Blind Man Walks 5 Miles to His Job at Walmart Daily - A Stranger Notices Him and Comes Up With a Plan

Bill Moczulewski doesn't let anything stop him from getting where he's going in life. Including to his overnight job as a janitor at Walmart in Cabot, Arkansas.Legally blind, Bill doesn't drive. So he walks. Five miles there, and five miles back, a total of four hours of walking roundtrip — rain, snow, or shine."I don't call out. I want to work," Bill said.But now, thanks to the kindness of a stranger, Bill's walking days are over.How a Stranger Gave a Blind Man a LiftBill has been religiously making the same trek every Tuesday through Friday, at sundown and sunup, for years. And it isn't without its perils, as part of his journey includes crossing a four-lane interstate bridge (without sidewalks).He used to ride his bicycle to work until he was struck by a vehicle and was forced to trade in his bike for a walker (because there is seriously no stopping this guy). And when he was hit again, a few years later? He just kept on walking. A couple of years ago, Christy Conrad was driving by when she noticed him and stopped and offered him a ride. Bill gratefully accepted. Since then, she has driven him as often as she could. But with her own family to care for, she "couldn't always be there."So, two months ago, she had an idea. A crazy, wonderful idea. She decided to start a community Facebook page, Mr. Bill's Village, hoping to find one or two other people willing to help with his commute. "If you are ever out and about and you see him please pick him up and take him to or from work," her Facebook post read. "Let’s be the village he needs!"Well, she found more than two. She found 1500. In an explosion of kindness, more than a thousand people stepped up, inspired by the man's perseverance and dogged determination."Now it's like everyone is competing to give Mr. Bill a ride," one group member shared.It Takes a Villagehttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=pfbid02TU3py5sT2rwymNq18w7EWbvpjzTwtWzDsYKyTfUDMsVTraXrG7WEU1PZmaHwniQZl&id=61555478772266In what may be the most heartwarming display of community EVER, someone inevitably shows up for Mr. Bill, EVERY SINGLE DAY."It's never the same person from one day to the next," Bill said."There's a lot of good people in this world, all over the place."Bill Moczulewski via CBS NewsBut especially in a small town in Arkansas. When Chris Puckett, owner of local car dealership, Puckett Auto Group, heard about Mr. Bill, he decided he wanted to get in on the action. An Air Force veteran with 17 years of service and 14 tours under his belt, he epitomizes their motto to "Aim High." Initially, he wanted to gift Bill a car but when he found out that he was seeing impaired, Chris decided to give it to Christy instead (and who says karma isn't real??)“When You See a Need, Fill It.”And the kindness, it seems, keeps right on rolling. Other local businesses have also hopped aboard the giving train, providing meals, clothing, and gift cards. After news of Bill travelled far and wide, Christy decided to start a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to make Mr. Bill's life a little easier."We have set up this Go Fund Me Account for Mr. Bill for everyone that doesn’t live locally, but would like to help," she wrote in the description. So far, it's raised $405 of its $500 goal.Christy hopes that her actions, and the actions of those involved in Mr. Bill's Village will inspire others to become a part of their own neighborhood village.“I hope if anyone takes anything from this, it would be: use the Golden Rule. Treat others the way you would want to be treated,” she wrote on Mr. Bill’s Village Facebook page.“When you see a need, fill it if possible!”In a world where you can be anything, be kind. More from Goalcast:Employee Refuses to Help Tired Blind Woman Pleading for Assistance – Then a Cop Escorts Her Outside After Uttering Four WordsBoy Defends Blind Classmate From Bullies – Instead of Applauding Him, He Is Nearly SuspendedMan’s Wife of 50 Years Starts Going Blind – So He Goes to College to Learn How to Do Hair and Makeup

Man Meets Up With Struggling Family at a Park - Theyre Shocked to See His Friend Standing Behind Them
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Man Meets Up With Struggling Family at a Park - Theyre Shocked to See His Friend Standing Behind Them

Losing someone you love is never easy. In grief, the best thing many of us can do is find a purpose in our loss and honor the person who is no longer with us. In that way, we create meaning in our lives and, hopefully, make a difference.Two parents who lost their child to cancer are determined to do exactly that. What they weren’t expecting, though, was a visit from one of the biggest celebrities in the world to help them do it.A Devastating LossEsperanza and Edwin are in mourning after losing their daughter, Lily Rose, to cancer in August 2023. But as they approach the year anniversary of her death, they’re finding solace in creating the Live for Lily Rose Foundation, a foundation dedicated to helping other children like her.The goal of the foundation is to turn devastation into comfort and joy for other families, thus extending the light that Lily had as far and wide as possible. It isn’t an easy journey, but it’s an important one that means a lot to the family.Isaiah Garza, a social media influencer whose purpose is to help others and do good, spent time with Lily Rose before she passed and knew the family well. When he learned they were putting their plans for a foundation into action, he called up a buddy for help: The Rock.In a video shared on Garza’s YouTube page, he met with the couple at a park and explained he had a friend who wanted to help them. “My friend wants to meet you guys. I told him your story, and I know it’s been a tough journey,” he explained before asking them to turn around. When they saw who was there, they were shocked.A Hidden ConnectionEsperanza began sobbing when she saw The Rock (a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson) standing there. Moana was one of Lily Rose’s favorite movies, and she particularly loved Maui. Johnson, of course, voiced Maui in the 2016 Disney film.“[Sometimes we] turn it on just to hear the music and to feel her… oh my God I’m in shock,” she said.“One of the last videos I have of my baby is singing that song with her,” Edwin added.“I’m so honored to meet you guys and I… our daughter is going to turn eight in about a month,” Johnson said. “Isaiah told me your story and I’m so sorry. I know what Lily Rose meant to you guys. It’s so heartbreaking, but there was something out of it that was really inspiring,” he continued, referencing the foundation.He then handed the grieving parents a check for $50,000. “She and I always talked about helping kids, and as she was passing, I made a promise to help kiddos in her name,” a tearful Esperanza said. “When she passed I said, ‘I have to do it. I have to do it.’ And we did.”Making a DifferenceThe parents couldn’t believe Johnson's generosity and promised that his contribution would make a big difference. Edwin added that he knew Johnson had been blessed and thanked him for giving back. He explained that’s what they want to do in Lily Rose’s memory now.“We were forced into a world that we knew nothing about. This monster, which is cancer tried to take her from us,” he choked out through tears. “And she fought and fought, and she lived another three beautiful years. I don’t know man, just thank you. That money’s going to go a long way to help a lot of kids,” he continued.“We’re going to help these kids because we lived it. We know it… we know that feeling as a parent. We really do want to help these families because these memories are all we have left.”Finding a PurposeIt’s impossible to watch the exchange without tearing up. Even The Rock was wiping away tears after meeting these beautiful parents who are doing everything they can to assign purpose and meaning to their daughter’s life. Lily Rose was taken too soon, but they will never, ever forget her.It’s such a powerful reminder to all of us who have experienced loss that by finding our own purpose and following the light, we, too, can take steps to heal. Grief is an awful beast that comes in waves and when you least expect it. Sometimes, the best way to deal with that is to know that the person you're grieving is with you in spirit.The pain never truly goes away, but by focusing on the positive and leaning into the good, we can somehow find healing and a way to carry on.More from Goalcast:How Vanessa Laine Bryant And Her Children Are Doing After Kobe Bryant’s DeathFallen Police Officer Leaves Eight Children Behind – 13 of His Colleagues Then Show Up at His 8-Year-Old Daughter’s Home'The Rock’ Surprises Man Who Took Him In When He Was Homeless With A $30K Truck

Man With Special Needs Continuously Goes up to a Buff Stranger at Gym - Firefighter Takes Secret Photos of His Response
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Man With Special Needs Continuously Goes up to a Buff Stranger at Gym - Firefighter Takes Secret Photos of His Response

Sometimes, when you’re working out at the gym, you just want to do your own thing. After all, when you’re lifting weights and focusing on your reps, having someone come over for a casual chat can be all kinds of distracting.So when one man showed incredible patience and kindness to a stranger with special needs who kept approaching him during his workout one day, it caught the attention of a firefighter. The firefighter was so touched by what he witnessed that he shared the story online, where it went viral.A Workout InterruptedA firefighter named Ricky Derouen was getting his workout in at Planet Fitness in Pascagoula, Mississippi, one day when he noticed a man in an orange shirt doing his own workout. It wasn’t the workout that grabbed Derouen’s attention but the fact that a second man, later identified as Derek Medjesk, kept approaching him.“A special needs man constantly approached him about 10 different times in a 45-minute time span with handshakes, hugs, questions and interactions,” Derouen recalled in a social media post, as per Yahoo News.“Not only did this man smile, laugh, give him workout advice multiple times and joke back with him while getting in his own workout, but he didn’t care who was watching while doing it.”Derouen was so touched that he began taking secret photos of the interaction, knowing he wanted to call attention to the kindness he was seeing.“His patience, compassion and friendliness was next-level admirable,” Derouen continued.A Memorable DayWhen Derouen got home, he shared the story online with the purpose of others recognizing the man in the orange shirt and sharing some love for how he treated Medjesk.“Towards the end of the workout, the special needs man approached me, pointed to the man in the orange shirt, and said, ‘That’s my friend,’ with a huge smile on his face,” Derouen continued in his post.“The pics aren’t the best, but they were the best creeper pics I could take at the time, and this guy deserves recognition. The world needs more people like this man in the orange shirt, well done, sir.”After several news outlets picked up the story and hundreds of thousands of others shared it wide on Facebook, the man in the orange shirt was identified as David Samuel.Later, Samuel confirmed to The Sun Herald that he and Medjesk formed a friendship that day, and they have since worked out together. Samuel has shied away from the spotlight following the recognition, but he did tell the publication that the post going viral has been a nice boost.“The best part is where all those people speak positive things,” Samuel said. “[The response] is a blessing.” Always Be KindWho knows what kind of mood Samuel was in that day at the gym or how he really felt about being interrupted by someone else during his workout. At the end of the day, he led with kindness, and it made a big difference in Medjesk’s life.Not only that, but a beautiful friendship emerged from it, and the pair inspired thousands of other people in the process. It’s a nice reminder that it’s always important to be kind to others, no matter the circumstances.After all, we never really know what other people are going through, or when we might need unexpected kindness in return.More from Goalcast:Stranger Gives Woman Advice About Her Toxic Relationship – Receives an Unexpected Email From Her 6 Years LaterWoman Does 26 Random Acts of Kindness for Each Life Lost in School Shooting — Ripple Effects of This Generosity Still FeltWaitress Brings Firefighters to Tears With Her Selfless Gesture – They Pay Back Her Kindness in an Incredible Way

Driver Notices First Grader Crying at the Bus Stop - Jumps Into Action When He Learns the Reason Why
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Driver Notices First Grader Crying at the Bus Stop - Jumps Into Action When He Learns the Reason Why

When you’re a kid, theme days at school are a big deal. They’re a chance to dress up in something special and break from your regular routine, all while showing your classmates a side of your personality that you might not always bring to school. So when you aren’t able to participate in one, it can also be a big deal. That happened to one kid in Kentucky recently, but luckily, his bus driver stepped in to save the day.A Disappointed StudentOne day, a first-grade student named Levi was waiting for the school bus. As the driver, Larry Farrish Jr., approached the stop, he noticed something was different about the boy. “I pulled up to the bus stop, and I saw Levi sitting down by himself with his head down, and it dawned on me, something is wrong,” Farrish told Jefferson County Public School in a blog post. “He’s always happy, but this particular day, he was not happy.”When Farrish asked what was wrong, he noticed Levi was crying. The boy explained that he didn’t have pajamas for pajama day.“It hurt me so bad,” Farrish added. “That just wasn’t my Levi, and I wanted him to have a good day. No child should have to miss out on something as small as pajama day.”Determined to Do Some KindnessFarrish knew he had to do something, so after he dropped Levi off at school and finished the morning bus run, he headed over to the nearby dollar store. There, he grabbed several pairs of pajamas in different sizes and drove back to the school.He asked the office if they could call Levi down, and that’s when both his and Farrish’s days took a major turn.“I saw Levi coming down the hall, and he had a face just as happy as could be,” Farrish recalled. “It really turned the whole Friday around, for him and for me.”As for the first-grader, he was over the moon.“I can tell Mr. Larry is nice and his heart is filled with joy,” Levi said. “I’m usually really happy, but not on pajama day… When he got me the pajamas, I did a happy cry.”More Than a DriverFarris has been a bus driver for about seven years now, but he sees himself as more than a driver. He feels that his position allows him to connect with kids and make a real difference in their lives, and he takes the job pretty seriously.“They become my kids after they leave their parents,” Farrish continued in the blog post. “I make sure they get to and from school safe, but I also try to bring some type of joy to their lives.”That could mean playing games or telling jokes or something like a special handshake between him and the students. Or, in the case of Levi, grabbing some extra pajamas so that all kids have the chance to participate in a theme day.“It feels good knowing I made an impact on a child’s life,” he added.Little Acts of KindnessOne reason this story is so touching is because it reminds us what a big difference a small act can make in someone else’s life. It also reminds us that while we often think of teachers as the ones who impact our children while they’re at school, there is a whole village looking out for them.Lastly, this story reminds us that we’re an essential part of that village, too. Whether we have kids or not, remember to practice kindness and lead with empathy, especially when it comes to kids. Doing so can make a big difference in how they grow up. Not only do kids learn by example, but when they know they’re loved they really do thrive.So make the goofy faces, practice the secret handshakes, or just be a safe space for anyone who needs it. You never know how much it may mean to someone down the line.More from Goalcast:Bus Driver Yanks Boy’s Backpack as He Is Getting off the Bus – Now She’s Hailed as a HeroBus Driver Suddenly Stops While on Her Usual Route – Surprised Passengers Witness the Exchange She Has With an Elderly WomanMom Finds Out Her Son Constantly Gets Into Trouble and Has Befriended the Bus Driver – So She Writes a Letter to the School Board