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Soldier's Kindness Captured on Video When He Fed 2 Young Boys Who Were 'Cold & Wet' at Taco Bell

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“I am a believer that we live in the best country in the world with the best people and that acts of kindness happen every day.” These are the words of U.S. Army Ranger Robert Ridson.

The best country in the world — A heartfelt sentiment from a kind soul.

COLUMBIA, SC - JULY 10: South Carolinan Brenda Brisbon wears the "Stars and Stripes" after the Confederate "Stars and Bars" was lowered from the flagpole in front of the statehouse on July 10, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Republican Governor Nikki Haley presided over the flag-lowering event after signing the historic legislation to remove the flag the day before.
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And, honestly, I’d have to agree. Call me biased, but with all the random acts of kindness I’ve seen pop up on social media lately, we really do live in an amazing place where strangers are free to show love every day.

In early 2016, Ridson did exactly that. When entering a Taco Bell in Mobile, Alabama, he encountered two young boys trying to sell homemade desserts for the needy.

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The ranger didn’t have any cash, but his big heart more than made up for his lack of funds. Since he couldn’t purchase a dessert, he offered to buy the cold, wet, and hungry-looking boys dinner.

His small act didn’t go unnoticed, either. Another customer by the name of Jason Gibson caught the entire thing on film.

Gibson, a local football coach, filmed Ridson and the boys. Then he shared his experience on Facebook.

“I had to video it and share,” Gibson wrote. “Our troops are always taking care of us.”

Ridson sat with the boys, sharing tacos and drinks. They chatted for a while and the youngest boy even saluted the ranger, sharing he wanted to grow up to be just like him.

“I’m kinda embarrassed and humbled by the praise and don’t need it,” Ridson shared of the viral video. “It was the least I could do for two young Americans.”

The original post on Facebook has received over 39K shares and 1.8 million views. Comments of praise and appreciation have flooded the video since then.

But this is simply a case of a kind man doing a kind thing, no thanks required. Still, he deserves all the gratitude in the world.

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Thank you, Lt. Col. Ridson. You’ve reminded us all what it means to be a true American.

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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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