The teen scene at the moment is a little unsettling. Kids eating Tide pods, bullying each other, and causing a ruckus is not exactly confidence-inspiring.
With kids constantly assaulted by a barrage of techy gadgets, it’s a wonder that they look up and engage with the world at all.
But not all the kids are bad. Some of the kids are all right.
This group of teens knew what was important. And one lady waiting in a nearby car saw the whole thing, and noticed what they did when they approached a homeless man.
There was a homeless gentlemen stationed on the side of the road, trying to scrounge together some spare change.
Jenna Steele, the woman who witnessed the entire exchange, took to Facebook shortly after to inform the world of the interaction she’d just seen.
“I just sat at the corner of Jackman & Alexis sobbing my eyes out,” she wrote.
“A car of 3 teenage boys pulled in to the gas station, parked their car, they all got out & one by one took their wallets out and handed this homeless man some cash.”
One person stopping to help out is heartwarming, but each of them taking a turn, taking the burden to provide upon themselves? It clearly touched Jenna.
But that wasn’t all. They weren’t about to gingerly hand over the cash and then run. They wanted to make sure their meeting had an element of humanity and respect.
“They then shook his hand and went on their way,” she continued on her Facebook post. “Let’s stop giving attention to the youth that do these horrible acts and start giving attention to THESE kind of kids.
“Maybe we will start a new kindness trend & make kids famous for these kind of things. THIS is the kind of stuff I want to see go viral & clogging up my Facebook feed.”
Most would probably agree with her. Who wants to hear more bad news when there’s also good news out there that often gets overshadowed?
But there’s another inspiring element to this tale: the boys clearly weren’t expecting to be watched. They didn’t know they were being filmed. They were merely acting in the moment, relying on their good sense and kindness.
So many people now post videos of themselves doing (not-so) random acts of kindness to gain followers or notice, and it’s disheartening to think that they might just be doing it as a publicity stunt.
But these three wise young men are doing the right thing the right way, and should be an encouragement to all of us, regardless of age.
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