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Little Boy Uses Life Savings To Buy Gas Station Attendant a Bike To Get to Work With

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As January is the month in which we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, what could be more fitting than a story which encompasses this great man’s values and legacy?

It was MLK Jr. who said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” It’s a simple question to ask, but it is perhaps one we don’t ask often enough.

Well, one young man from South Africa decided to ask himself this very thing. And it ended up being everything for the person who needed it most.

Mandy Moo Fish shared a story on Facebook that will warm your heart. A story that serves as a reminder that the little things make all the difference.

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Fish’s son Vaughn was ill one day when he and his mother pulled up to a Caltex gas station in Gillitts. It was there the boy found a new friend in the attendant who worked there.

“Within moments the attendant had him laughing and smiling,” Fish wrote, recalling how the attendant, Tony, made her son’s day despite his being under the weather.

“Since then we regularly visit the station and Vaughn eagerly looks out for his new friend,” Fish went on. “Tony always takes the time to talk to Vaughn…”

This is customer service at its finest, certainly. But this goes far beyond a simple business exchange. Vaughn and Tony looked forward to seeing each other.

Vaughn and his mother haul bikes to and from Giba. Tony just so happened to be in need of one and asked the mother and son duo to watch for an affordable one.

Little did this gas station attendant know he’d come across a boy with a heart so big, he’d use his vacation money to help his new friend instead.

“Above all things I regard kindness of heart,” Fish said. “And over the years I’ve tried to live like that and teach my child to do the same.”

Her example appears to have paid off, too. Vaughn had been collecting change, saving up so he and his mom could take a holiday.

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Instead, he asked if he could use the money to get Tony a bike to ride to work. Fish couldn’t have been more proud of her sweet son.

“Our children make us proud on so many occasions,” Fish shared. “But today my heart and his is so full of the joy at the kind man’s face as he, rather stunned, accepted his gift from this 10-year-old boy.”

“Keep being kind, and generous, with your time and money and remember bringing joy to others can bring just as much joy to yourself,” Fish wrote to her son.

Well done, Vaughn! You are a true example of what Martin Luther King Jr. was speaking about that day. We’re grateful to know your kindness, and we’re certain Tony feels the same!

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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.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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Arizona
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English
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Entertainment, Faith




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