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Custodian Gives Gloves Off Own Hands After Seeing Student Using Socks To Keep Warm

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‘Tis the season of giving. Random acts of kindness seem to double and triple in the year’s latter months as kind souls spread cheer and joy those around them.

One man from Janesville, Wisconsin, is setting a fine example for his fellow man as well as for the students who look up to him.

According to a Facebook post by the School District of Janesville, WI, the head custodian of Lincoln Elementary School has shown everyone what it means to warm someone’s heart — and hands.

Melvin Crawford was just doing what he thought was right when a parent spotted him interacting with a student.

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“Sometimes it’s the little things,” the district’s Facebook post reads. “Yesterday morning, Lincoln Elementary School head custodian Melvin Crawford noticed a student walking across the school grounds with socks on their hands to keep warm.”

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The post goes on to share how Crawford didn’t think twice about sacrificing his own pair of gloves for the cold student.

“This kind of generosity is not in short supply at our Janesville schools,” the post says. “Thank you, Melvin!”

The photo shared shows Crawford receiving a “Promise Keeper” pin from superintendent Steve Pophal. According to the district’s website, five promises were adopted by its schools in 2017.

The “Janesville Promises” focus on student success, relationships, culture, climate, finance, health and safety. Crawford has clearly gone above and beyond to uphold the “relationships” promise the district strives to encourage.

This promise involves “Efficient, effective, and caring interactions with our students, parents, and community.”

Crawford’s act of kindness toward this student has received quite a bit of praise in the comments on Facebook. “My Daughter loves Mr. Melvin! Says ‘hi’ to him every morning,” one parent wrote.

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“He didn’t ask someone else to help. Or form a committee to look into it. Or shrug and walk away. He. Simply. Gave,” another noted.

Another added, “God bless you Melvin. YOU are a good man.” A good man, indeed. Well done, Mr. Crawford!

As the weather continues to cool, if you have the means, consider donating some inexpensive gloves or mittens to your local schools. Just like this custodian, you can make a difference one child at a time.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
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Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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