Today while at the Dollar Tree the young man in front of me was waiting to pay for his candy by Park Ridge.
3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 7:46 PM
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Today while at the Dollar Tree the young man in front of me was waiting to pay for his candy by Park Ridge. The line was long and he was so patient. When it was his turn to pay, he could not find his money. He panicked. His eyes welled up with tears and I could see the embarrassment and anxiety take over as he frantically searched his pockets. I reached in my wallet and handed the cashier a $5 to pay for his candy. She asked if I was sure. I said yes. The kid looked at me and quietly said, “Are you sure? It’s ok. I don’t need it. ” “Yes, I’m sure. ” “Thank you so much. Really. What’s your name? I’ll send you the money. ” “It’s ok buddy. You just pay it forward and do something kind for someone else. ” At the point the older woman behind me starts to cry. “This is the sweetest thing I have seen in months. This is what we need . more kindness! ” I told her I hoped that someone would do this for one of my kids. The kid eventually found his money and came back to pay me as I walked to my car. I refused. I told him once again “just pay it forward and be kind to people. ” I watched him get one his bike and ride away. If you know a boy that was at the Dollar Tree on Harlem near Touhy about noon today. he is a sweet kid who made a dreary day better for me. I do not share this story for “atta girl” comments. I share it because we all need to take a breath. We all need to be more patient. We all need to choose kind.

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 7:49 PM

What a sweet story 💞

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 7:49 PM

Love this!

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 7:51 PM

Thanks for sharing

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 7:53 PM

Beautiful

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 7:53 PM

Girl? You made me cry. He will remember this. That he came back shows his heart. Raised right. Bless both of you.

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 7:54 PM

Thanks for sharing! We need more kindness in the world!

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 7:54 PM

Love it! You also work at a sandra cisneros' school love her too.

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 7:57 PM

Beautiful

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:00 PM

Something like this happened to my 18 yo son at the beginning of the summer. He was short in his debit for his bus card. The cashier took her own debit card and paid for him. My son will never forget that kindness, and neither will I! Paying it forward feels so good!

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:00 PM

You're so right, we can all learn from this! Good for you, you taught a child a lesson today.

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:01 PM

Sweet !

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:05 PM

Aww this made me cry. That was very kind of you. ♥️ I would only hope someone would do the same for my sons if they ever find themselves in this situation someday. (Cause I know they will. They lose everything 🤣)

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:09 PM

You can't go wrong with Kindness ! Thanks for sharing.

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:10 PM

Beautiful story! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:14 PM

Love it! 💜 So true kindness isn’t always around. Unfortunately

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:14 PM

Beautiful! ❤️

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:19 PM

Love this! Thank you

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:19 PM

Love this❤️

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:21 PM

Yes, please, to all of this! ❤️❤️❤️

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:22 PM

Love it!

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:22 PM

🙌🏼❤️

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:23 PM

❤️❤️

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:26 PM

Love it!

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:29 PM

Wonderful and touching😘

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:29 PM

So true! More kindness is definitely needed every day!

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:30 PM

This made me cry! Awesome! Nice to read about kindness in this world we live in now!

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:31 PM

❤️❤️❤️❤️

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:33 PM

Being Kind is awesome

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:34 PM

I’ve been that boy. at a very busy dunkin donut drive through. The employee waved me through and I never forgot them. Please know he will never forget either

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:35 PM

This made my day! How sweet ❤️

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:36 PM

Thank you for doing good things and asking them to pass it forward. These are the things that make it a better world

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:39 PM

Awesome!

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:40 PM

You taught a lot of people a very important thing today!

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:46 PM

Important to be aware of our surroundings & help when needed.

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:50 PM

Awesome! ♥️

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:50 PM

❤️ this!

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 8:51 PM

❤️

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 9:02 PM

🥰❤️🥰

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 9:09 PM

So awesome! Small gesture to make a huge impact on someones life.

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 9:10 PM

❤️❤️❤️

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 9:11 PM

Love this! Thanks for sharing!

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 9:14 PM

❤️ this!

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 9:14 PM

Well done.

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 9:14 PM

❤️

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 9:16 PM

Such kindness will never be forgotten. That’s my special daughter

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 9:18 PM

Love this!

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 9:20 PM

Thank u for sharing this story. And for being so kind.

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 9:20 PM

So fantastic! Pay it forward💗

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 9:27 PM

What a great life lesson you taught that little boy as well as the customers in the store.

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 9:37 PM

Awe. You’re wonderful !

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 9:41 PM

Love it!

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 9:42 PM

That's so kind. There should be more of you out there.

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 9:46 PM

I love stories like this. And, crazily, a very similar situation happened to me today, where I was the recipient. Kindness exists. And, it’s so important for us to continue to pay it forward. Thanks for sharing this touching story, Kris! 😊💕

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 10:00 PM

Now I know why I love you more, Michelle! ❤️🥰

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 10:05 PM

❤️

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 10:13 PM

Thank you for your kindness! Wish more people were like you. ❤️

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 10:42 PM

More kindness is definitely what the world needs! Thank you for doing your part.

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 10:49 PM

Kristin - Atta Girl anyway! There is a ripple effect to giving. I think I feel better myself than those I give to. Lovely story to end my night. Sweet dreams Kristin😊💤

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 11:08 PM

Great story!

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 11:33 PM

We need more of this kindness all thru out our world! God bless you!

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 11:41 PM

This made me tear up. Very sweet ❤️ the world needs more of this

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 11:47 PM

God Bless Girl ! 💖

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 11:49 PM

That’s a teachable moment and a beautiful lesson. I’m sure it made an impression on many people. ♥️

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3 years ago on 09/08/2019 at 11:52 PM

I whole heartedly support doing this. I was buying stuff when leaving work today. Young kid at work on break, buying one thing, standing in line, with two or three people ahead of him with a few things. I said, 'Walter, is that all you got? " I was happy to pay for it. The customers that were in line were either stunned or pissed. If they were pissed, too bad. The kid's on break with one thing. We only get 15 minutes. Like the other lady said, "I don't do it for kudos. " I wasn't gonna make him stand there. It's not right. It's just being nice. I like to help people. Again, we don't do it for kudos. 🙂

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3 years ago on 09/09/2019 at 1:19 AM

❤️❤️❤️

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3 years ago on 09/09/2019 at 6:35 AM

World needs more compassion and less apathy , very kind of you and sweet of him

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3 years ago on 09/09/2019 at 6:52 AM

So sweet.

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3 years ago on 09/09/2019 at 7:09 AM

Thank you for making the world a better place!

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3 years ago on 09/09/2019 at 7:12 AM

Amen 💕

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3 years ago on 09/09/2019 at 7:53 AM

Awesome!

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3 years ago on 09/09/2019 at 8:15 AM

Bravo! IMAGINE!

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3 years ago on 09/09/2019 at 8:23 AM

LOVE! Someone paid for my coffee in the drive through ahead of me the other day. it was one of those days and it made me do exactly what you are saying. stop and realize how great the little things are. I did the same for the person behind me and hope it kept going! GREAT POST!

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3 years ago on 09/09/2019 at 8:29 AM

Thank you

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3 years ago on 09/09/2019 at 9:24 AM

So sweet. Bless you! 🙏🏻😇

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3 years ago on 09/09/2019 at 10:48 AM

Kristine Margot u shared for the simple reason of how wonderful and good it feels to give. ❤️

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3 years ago on 09/09/2019 at 12:00 PM

THIS is what it’s about. No matter how young or old, everyone needs a little help sometimes. Paying it forward is always the way❤️

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3 years ago on 09/09/2019 at 2:22 PM

You rock!

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3 years ago on 09/09/2019 at 3:02 PM

Thx for posting! We all need a reminder that a bit of human kindness goes a long long way! That $5 was transformed into a mil! 😊

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3 years ago on 09/09/2019 at 4:59 PM

All we hear about are the murders, robberies, etc. It's so nice to hear about a simple act of kindness, that meant the world to that little boy. You're awesome.

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3 years ago on 09/09/2019 at 5:00 PM

You are my spirit animal - <3

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3 years ago on 09/09/2019 at 7:07 PM

Love this!

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3 years ago on 09/09/2019 at 9:08 PM

So touching. That’s what our world needs. kindness. 💕

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3 years ago on 09/09/2019 at 10:43 PM

Well said

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3 years ago on 09/10/2019 at 10:27 AM

Thank you! I needed to hear a kind story today. This world is so messed up. He’ll never forget you!

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