In A Rush
He parked his car on the side of the street before approaching her stall in a rush. Once he reached her, he requested the largest cup of lemonade she had, which she delivered swiftly.
But while he sipped on his drink, he noticed something that caught his attention. He asked about it, knowing that the response would have him returning the very next day.
Eric joined the police force at the age of eighteen. He was excited to join the force, and he knew that he wanted to spend his life protecting his town.
He gave the program his all and graduated at the age of twenty-two. He then went on to become the sheriff’s deputy of Marietta, Ohio. He was finally living his dream. He had no notion what awaited him later on in his career.
Doing His Best
Eric loved being a sheriff. It made him feel good knowing that he spent his days trying to better his community. He wasn’t an extraordinary sheriff, but he gave it his all.
Eric had participated in various charities with his commanders and fellow officers, all of which positively impacted Marietta. Nonetheless, what happened that day would make him feel as if he had done nothing for the community.
Eric spent most of his day patrolling through the town as well as its outskirts. He’d keep the order and assist anyone who needed assistance.
From his perspective, he was doing everything he could to do right by the town and his promise to himself when he joined the police. However, things were about to change.
Nothing Out Of The Ordinary
The day the incident occurred started like any other day. He got ready for work and made his way to the station.
Part of his morning routine included reading through the day’s work before doing some admin work and then getting ready for his patrols. That morning started like any other morning, but the day would end differently.
Doing His Job
That morning’s paperwork took longer than expected, so he only managed to begin his patrols in the afternoon. He made his rounds through the town, helping locals wherever necessary.
He was basically finished by the time the clock struck three p.m, and he was parched. The heat was unforgiving that day, and he desperately needed something to drink. He was making his way to the store when he spotted the young girl.
He was making his way to the store to buy himself a drink when he noticed the little girl. She had a stall with bright cups in front of her.
Eric moved closer to determine what the young girl was getting up to. A smile spread across his face. The girl had exactly what he wanted.
Exactly What He Needed
For some reason, he had been craving an ice-cold lemonade that day. He was so close to the store, but he was desperate.
He parked the car as gently as he could and stepped out, hoping to relieve his thirst. He had no idea what lay ahead of him.
A Large Cup
Eric reached the lemonade booth and inquired about the largest cup available. The nine-year-old girl, who’d presented herself as Kimmy, was thrilled by the officer’s request and prepared Eric’s drink.
She gave Eric his drink, and he gulped it almost immediately. It was cold and refreshing. However, as he sipped his lemonade he soon realized that something was amiss.
It Was Strange
For such a scorching day, the girl’s stall lacked cover. Furthermore, based on her cash jar, she didn’t appear to have sold much lemonade that day.
Eric was perplexed as to why her jar was virtually empty despite the fact that her lemonade was among the nicest he’d ever tasted. The girl’s response would shatter his heart.
“We didn’t have enough money to set up a proper stand,” the girl shared, revealing that her family was struggling financially, and they didn’t have enough for too much lemonade.
Eric’s heart broke. But there was more. Kimmy also told him that she was saving up money from the sales for a tablet. Her reason for needing a tablet would leave Eric speechless.
Why She Needs One
“I need one for school and video games,” Kimmy shared, and if Eric’s heart was broken before, it shattered into a million pieces.
He thanked Kimmy for the lemonade and left a generous tip as he left. But as the day went by, all he could think about was Kimmy and her need. He vowed he’d do something about the girl’s situation.
Trying To Help
Eric had always been a tech buff and had a few tablets under his name. He got out of bed and rummaged through his shelves and drawers that night.
But each of the three tablets he had was broken beyond repair. He sat down, distraught that he couldn’t do as much as he wanted. Everything he’d done for his town would be pointless if he couldn’t do this one thing. But then he had an idea that would change everything.
What To Do
Eric had been saving up some money for Christmas that year. He hurried over to his computer and checked the amount, glad that he could buy Kimmy a tablet and still have enough money for Christmas.
He hurried to the electronics store first thing in the morning and purchased a beautiful silver tablet he hoped Kimmy would like. Now all that remained was getting it to her.
A Smile Is Enough
Eric spent the better part of that morning wondering whether he’d find Kimmy at her stall. He started his patrol in her neighborhood, driving as fast as road rules could allow him.
He pulled around the corner to find the nine-year-old selling her lemonade. After buying a refreshing cup, Eric presented his gift. Kimmy couldn’t believe it. She grinned and ran to show her family. To Eric, nothing could ever top the look of happiness he received that day. But Kimmy wasn’t the only kid trying to sell refreshments during a heatwave.
Adam Houssami was 5-years-old and lived with his family in Dearborn, Michigan. One particularly hot summer’s day, he decided to set up a Kool-Aid stall to make some extra cash for the summer holidays.
He thought that if he sold each cup of Kool-Aid for 50c, he would soon have a moderate amount of pocket money.
Adam’s mother encouraged his entrepreneurial venture and said that he could set up a stall on the pavement outside the house.
There were bound to be passersby who would want a cold drink on a day as hot as this. But Krista never expected anything out of the ordinary to happen that day.
Krista went inside for her sunglasses as she intended to keep watch on her son from the porch.
She had no intention of leaving him alone for more than a minute, but when she glanced out the window, she saw that a stranger had appeared out of nowhere and was talking to Adam. Then, she saw the van.
“What Did He Want?”
Rushing outside, Krista just missed the stranger. Krista was sweating. It was so unbelievably hot outside. Relieved, she turned to Adam and asked casually: “Did you sell some Kool-Aid?”
Adam replied that no, he hadn’t. “Well, what did the man want then?” Krista asked. What Adam then told her made her heart ache for her young son.
Adam mumbled a few words and Krista didn’t understand what he was saying, at first. Then he recounted what had happened and she was taken aback.
Adam told her that the man was the mailman, and he must be hot from having to walk from house to house to deliver his mail. So, he had asked him if he wanted to buy some Kool-Aid.
Krista’s heart had leaped in her chest when she heard what the mailman had said to Adam, and she felt terrible for her little boy who had only wanted to make some pocket money.
She had begun to wonder if Adam’s Kool-Aid stand had even been a good idea. Then, Adam continued recounting what had happened with the mailman.
Unfortunately, the mailman had no money on him, so Adam poured him a big, cool glass of Kool-Aid and gave it to him for free. Krista started to grin. What a sweet thing for her boy to do.
And then, she thought no more about it. But she never could have imagined what would happen just one week later.
Adam continued to man his Kool-Aid stall, but even during the heatwave, it hadn’t been very successful. Krista’s heart went out to her young son for trying so hard to make extra money for himself.
She kept encouraging him. She even told her friends and everyone she met about Adam’s Kool-Aid stand, hoping that they would come to support him. Then, one morning, something unexpected happened.
Krista was going about her usual routine one morning when she went outside to check the mailbox. She opened it and saw a letter addressed to Adam.
What could this be? she thought as she carefully unfolded it. Who would write a letter to her son? As she read on, it was soon apparent who the letter was from. And then, she started to cry.
The letter read: “Adam. Remember last week when you were selling Kool-Aid on a hot day? I didn’t have any money but you offered me Kool-Aid anyways.”
“Thanks, man! I was really thirsty. Good things happen to good people like you. Stay cool, dude. Mailman.” Krista was touched. But that wasn’t all the letter contained.
Faith In Humanity
In an interview later, Krista said: “It makes me feel really good to know that there are still people in this world that care.” Her faith in humanity had been restored by the mailman’s act of kindness.
And she was so impressed that she immediately recounted the whole story on Facebook for everyone to see.
“Adam was selling Kool-Aid in the front yard last week and he asked the mailman to buy some. He didn’t have money on him, but Adam said, ‘It’s okay, you can still have some,’ and he poured him a cup.”
“Today the mailman put this in our mail. This seriously brought tears to my eyes. What a kind thing to do.”
Krista’s post quickly went viral — everyone was touched by the small act of kindness, and the entire community was proud to see people who showed such compassion.
Soon, over 500 people had shared Krista’s post, and the positive comments kept flooding in. But netizens weren’t the only ones impressed by the uplifting story.
The story was quickly picked up by news networks, and shortly after, people all around the world had heard about the sweet interaction between the little boy and the mailman.
WXYZ news in Detroit released the story on Youtube, and it garnered over 64,000 views!
A commenter on Youtube wrote: “Help your fellow human with compassion and you will be rewarded,” and another added: “Children will save us all.”
Eventually the story had gained so much traction on social media that Nebraska’s WOWT 6 News Facebook page featured a segment on Adam and his kind gesture, too!