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Teen brings classmate sweet gift that has him breaking down in tears
Despite being in the middle of class, he couldn't hold back his emotions.
Patricia Lynn
08.03.21

Everyone knows that a small act of kindness can help make a big difference in someone’s life. Yet, it’s common for people to get caught up in their daily schedules and forget to make it a priority.

When a South Carolina teen learned about a way she could help her classmate out, she didn’t just go about her business. Instead, she seized the opportunity to do something kind and selfless for him.

Posted by Sofi Cruz Turner onThursday, December 27, 2018

Sofi Cruz, who was in high school at the time, shared a heartwarming story and video on Facebook.

She explained how she had been having a conversation with her good friend Jaheim when he made an interesting comment.

The comment itself wasn’t too noteworthy, but for some reason, something about it stuck with Sofi for the next few days. In the Facebook post, she wrote: “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 sine the 3rd grade in Mrs. Dragotta’s class. He has always been the 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.”

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He had a request Sofi couldn’t ignore.

She continued:

“Last week, he didn’t want to sound ‘in-need’, but Jahiem asked, ‘Can someone buy me a pair of shoes? I don’t like mine and I wear a [size] 10-11.’ I’ve always thought about getting him something before but never had the money or guts to do it.”

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However, this time, with the help of her family and a new job, Sofi put her surprise into action.

“Since I’ve gotten a job and have been working really hard, I got the money together and bought him a pair of shoes the next day. My Grandaddy helped me out, as well.”

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Facebook - Sofi Cruz Turner

Her sweet act of kindness was captured on film.

In the following video, which has been shared thousands of times on social media and broadcast on media outlets around the nation, we see the thoughtful Sofi giving Jahiem his surprise.

In the video, Sofi enters the classroom with a backpack and approaches her unsuspecting friend.

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Sofi tells Jahiem they’ve known each other for a long time, and he is a very special friend to her. She explains that since she got a job, she’s been wanting to do something nice for someone, and she decided it would be him. “This is for you,” she says, dropping the backpack onto his desk.

Like most teen boys, Jahiem seems to be keeping his emotions hidden, but he wears a slight grin as he opens the backpack and pulls out a shoebox.

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Facebook - Sofi Cruz Turner

Jahiem thanks Sofi, but she tells him there’s more stuff inside. He pulls out item after item, revealing she had made him a goodie bag made up of clothing like shirts and socks.

The teen keeps it together, that is until Sofi gives him a hug. He then breaks down in tears.

“When giving him his stuff and watching him open his bag, all my emotions were coming out. Seeing him cry was very emotional because I could see that he didn’t know what to think.”

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Facebook - Sofi Cruz Turner

Sofi learned a valuable lesson from it all.

She wrote:

“I am so thankful that giving Jaheim those shoes made him so happy and [it] allowed me to realize that giving someone something so special can be life-changing. Love you Jahiem, with everything in me.”

It’s wonderful to see a person so young learn how beautiful it is to perform acts of kindness. Especially when it can make a difference in someone’s life. Good job, Sofi!

Grab a tissue and watch Sofi surprise Jaheim in the video below.

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By Patricia Lynn
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Patricia Lynn is a senior writer at Shareably. Patricia is based out of San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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