An act of kindness from one student to another will warm your heart this Christmas season. A young woman was so impressed by a fellow student that she bought him a new pair of shoes. Her act, and his constant positive attitude show that we are in good hands with the next generation.
12. A Friend in Need
When high school student Sofi Cruz found out that a fellow classmate needed a new pair of shoes, she decided to give him a gift. Her classmate, Jaheim, was known for brining smarts and kindness to teachers and students. The two students go to high school in Conway, South Carolina.
11. A Great Friend
Jaheim is one of Sofi’s good friends. She explained her feelings in a Facebook post. “The past week and a half, I have been planning on doing something special for a good friend of mine. His name is Jahiem. I have known Jahiem since the third grade in Mrs. Dragotta’s class.”
10. A Great Student
Jaheim “has always been that one student where he does all of his work when due, never misses school, always helping the teacher out with stuff in class, and always being a happy human being,” she said. He sounds like exactly the type of guy who is nice to be around.
9. Needing Shoes
One day Jahiem made a comment indicating he needed some new shoes. It was obvious he needed shoes but didn’t want to “sound in need,” Sofi observed. Sofi had been wanting to get him a gift for a long time, but didn’t have “the money or the gut to do it.”
8. Making a Choice
Sofi decided this was just the opportunity she needed. Sofi worked hard and saved her money for something special. One day she collected her funds and bought some new sneakers for Jaheim. She summoned her courage and prepared to give him a big and much needed gift.
7. A Big Surprise
Jaheim had no idea what his friend had done for him until one day when Sofi appeared at his desk with a backpack. “I’ve known you for a very long time — since third grade. And you are very special to me,” Sofi explained. Sofi had recently started her first job, so she wanted to do something meaningful with her paycheck.
6. A Great Friend
“You are a very good friend to me. And, since I got a job, I’ve been thinking about getting something special for somebody, and this is for you,” she said. Sofi handed him the backpack and watched with pride as her friend unzipped it and found a box.
The backpack contained a box of new shoes and a new pair of socks to go with them. Jahiem never expected such a cool present. He was quickly overwhelmed with relief and gratitude. He really needed some warm shoes, and his friend knew just what he liked.
4. A Special Moment
Jaheim started to cry and he put his head down on his desk. Sofi immediately walked around to the desk and gave him a big hug. This display of affection and admiration between two students shows that the next generation is about more than just social media and bullying. They value each other and hard work.
3. Very Emotional
“Seeing him crying was very emotional,” Sofi said via Facebook. “I am so thankful to know that giving Jahiem those shoes made him so happy and allowing me to realize that giving someone something so special can be life-changing.”
2. Touching a Nerve
Jaheim loves his new shoes and he wears them with pride. A fellow student captured the moment on a cell phone. The video clearly touched a nerve, since it was shared more than 500,000 times on Facebook.
1. A New Beginning
Sofi posted pictures of Jaheim posing in his new kicks on Facebook. “When giving him his stuff and watching him open his bag, all my emotions were coming out,” Sofi said. Everyone agreed that she did the right thing, and the two are better friends than ever.