In a world where hate and darkness seem to dominate sometimes, it means so much when we see kindness and generosity come shining through.
Let me introduce you to Tae Moore, a student at Greenwood High School, in Greenwood, North Carolina. He shared a video on his Facebook page on November 3rd, depicting a random act of kindness he performed for a fellow classmate who had been bullied.
In the video, which has been shared over 73K times, Tae is seen giving a classmate a new pair of shoes (Nike Jordans). His classmate doesn’t expect this to happen, and even asks Tae, “Do you want me to pay you or something?”
But the shoes are a gift to the boy — a gesture of strength and solidarity — because as Tae explains in the post, his classmate had been bullied for how he dressed, and these shoes were given to him to console him.
“[H]e wants to be a rapper, just trying to chase his dream, but kids at school [like] to bully him and pick on him and talk about … the way he dress[es] … so I went and bought him some Jordans,” Tae writes in the post that accompanies the video.
“He was shocked,” Tae comments at the end of the post.
You can tell as you watch the video that Tae’s classmate doesn’t quite know what to make of what’s going on. He’s in total shock, and awe — but the best kind, because the gift he’s been given is so much more than just a pair of shoes. It’s the knowledge that someone was looking out for him, in the most caring and unexpected way.
“I don’t know what to say,” the boy says shyly, kind of shuffling around.
And meanwhile, anyone who sees the video is crying buckets about how astonishingly sweet the whole scenario is, and wishing that we all had someone like Tae in our lives.
Tae’s classmate (who hasn’t been named online, as far as we can tell), ended up sharing his side of the story on Instagram, thanking Tae for the shoes, as well as the incredibly meaningful act of kindness.
The Facebook page Love What Matters also shared the post, and it’s unsurprisingly going totally viral.
In the post, the young man who received the shoes explained that there was a bit of sneaky orchestration on Tae’s part to make the whole plan work.
“Yesterday when I walked into the gym to get ready for lunch [Tae] asked me what size shoe I wear and I said ‘9, why?’ and he said ‘[A]lright tomorrow I want you to show up at this exact spot, OK?’ and I said ‘[A]lright, man.’”
The young man says that even after he realized the shoes were for him — and even after he put them on — he still didn’t understand why Tae was giving them to him.
“While he laced my shoes, when they were on, I asked him ‘I don’t understand why are you giving me these,’’’ writes the young man. Then he explains that Tae responded, “I heard people have been bullying you, so I wanted to get you these to make you feel better.”
But it’s the last part that will really punch you in the gut. (If you don’t have tissues handy, get them, pronto.)
The young boy ends with Tae’s last words to him: “[A]nd if anybody is bullying you, you let me know alright?”
Too much, right? Tae is simply this young man’s guardian angel.
Besides the obvious goodness and humanity that comes through in the post, tackling the issue of bullying in a real way like this is of utmost importance these days, especially as some experts say that bullying at school — and especially online — is on the rise.
Not all kids get bullied, of course, but it absolutely happens, and we all need to be more aware of it, especially because the dangers of bullying not being properly addressed can lead to dire consequences, including suicide in bullied children.
Addressing bullying definitely requires a multi-factorial approach, but the idea that we are all responsible for each other’s well being — whether we’re bystanders or directly involved — is a hugely important lesson for us to all keep in mind.
Let Tae Moore and his selfless act of kindness serve as an example of how any one of us can step in to help, without even being asked. That amazing and generous spirit is certainly something the world could use more of.More On