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Young Girl Brings Clothes & Shoes to Bullied Classmate: 'I Was Trying So Hard Not To Cry'

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The kindness of a friend is worth everything. When a 7th grader from Phoenix showed love toward a friend in need, she went above and beyond with a special surprise.

Haley Olson needed a best friend. One of seven children, the young girl doesn’t always have the newest and coolest things.

Sadly, her time Atkinson Middle School has been difficult. Olson was the target of bullies who made fun of her for not wearing “trendy clothes.”

“I always came home crying and stuff to my parents saying how I didn’t want to go to school anymore, I wanted to be home schooled,” Olson told FOX 10 Phoenix.

One girl changed everything for her. Mariah Andrew befriended Olson and soon saw what the bullying was doing to the poor girl.

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So, Andrew decided she wouldn’t stand by any longer and allow Olson to be a victim. She asked Olson for her sizes, then went home and gathered some things for a surprise.

Andrew put together a gift of clothes, shoes and a backpack. “I was jumping all over the place screaming how happy I was,” Olson said.

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Because of Andrew’s kindness, others have been inspired to reach out to Olson as well. Sonoran Smile Orthodontics donated free dental work, according to FOX 10.

“It made me feel happy at first and the day that I gave it to her, I was trying so hard not to cry,” Andrew shared.

Andrew is thankful to have Olson by her side. “Being there whenever I needed her like her being a good friend when times were hard at school,” she said.

According to Stop Bullying Now, “60% of middle school students say that they have been bullied,” and “160,000 students stay home from school every day due to bullying.”

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Those numbers are too high. We need more young people like Mariah Andrew to be the difference — to make a difference for other students.

We as parents need to teach our children to set an example. Extending kindness through friendship and inclusion can make all the difference.

And maybe, just maybe, those bullies will notice that kindness and want to spread a little love too. You never know what a little love might do to change the world.

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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)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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