Thanks to social media, these teens’ good deed is getting the kind of exposure it rightfully deserves. With so much negativity in the world, we need to hear more news like this!
A group of teenage boys in Idaho went viral after a snapshot of them helping an elderly man made rounds on social media.
The boys Isaac Hernandez, Diego Ramirez, Victor Ornelas, Devan Ornelas, and Josh Sorg were driving to a nearby basketball court in Caldwell when they saw an elderly man fall while using his walker.
Isaac, the one who was driving, described to KTVB what they did:
“We parked and we all ran out. We picked him up and we asked if he was okay. He said he was fine.”
Jose wasn’t seriously injured, but the boys kept walking with him until he reached home. Once they arrived, the teenagers helped him clean up the scrapes he got when he fell.
“We just kept walking with him,” Isaac shared. “We said we were going to walk him all the way to his house. We helped him inside, and his knee was bleeding. So, we grabbed napkins, put alcohol on it and cleaned him up.”
Jose said that the boys’ kind act made him feel special.
“I was just falling down I don’t know what happened. They picked me up. I was walking just right and then sadly I went down, and they come up and say, ‘Hey, want us to take you home?’ And I said, ‘Okay, let’s go.’ It made me feel good,” he said.
But while the boys were helping out the senior, little did they know that a neighbor was watching them the whole time. Erika Tovar took photos of their good deed and decided to share it on Facebook.
“Shout out to these young boys for helping an elderly man off the ground after he fell and walking him home. If any of you have [an] elderly family check on them make sure they are okay!”
The story, which garnered more than a thousand likes and hundreds of shares, received an overwhelming number of positive reactions from the community.
A Caldwell local says that aside from the good deed itself, the positive attention that the boys and their city were getting is special because Caldwell is often seen in a negative light. This story that went viral will help the rest of the country know that there are good things happening in their locality. To thank them, the community wanted to show the boys some love.
Kathy Plaisance, the owner of local business Sweet Spot Bakery, saw Erika’s post and invited the boys over to enjoy some cupcakes and cookies in her shop.
“We got them cupcakes and cookies with their names on it and cookies that say hometown heroes because that’s how we feel about them. They are hometown heroes for Caldwell,” Kathy told KTVB.
Numerous other establishments also offered them gift cards, lunches, and even free haircuts to show their appreciation for their kind act.
Meanwhile, the teenagers are overwhelmed by all the recognition they’re getting.
“Crazy how it blew up. We didn’t do it for the attention, we just did it out of the kindness of our hearts. It’s just the right thing to do,” Isaac said.
What an outstanding group of young men! Surely, their parents must have felt so proud of their good deed. They’ve raised sons who show compassion and love towards other people in their community.
Watch the boys’ interview with KTVB below.
The world needs more positive stories about young people. Do your part and share away!