After Her Son Gave The Mailman Free Kool-Aid, This Mom Learned The Man’s Real Feelings In A Letter

When Adam Houssami set up a Kool-Aid stand in his front yard, he was keen to sell as much as possible. However, when his mailman told him he had no money, the child offered him a cup for free. Then, one week later, the man sent a letter revealing how he really felt.

Adam and his family live in Dearborn, Michigan. On first impressions, he was just like any other boy his age. However, by the time he was five years old the young man was already showing an entrepreneurial spirit.

In July 2017 Adam hatched a plan to make some pocket money over the summer. He set up a Kool-Aid stand outside his home and decided to charge his customers 50 cents per cup. That way, he figured he’d make a decent amount of cash on a hot, sunny day.

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Adam was manning his stall one day when he identified a potential customer. It was his mailman, who was most likely thirsty from pacing the streets of Dearborn in the sun. As a result, the little boy decided to approach the stranger in an attempt to make a sale.

Recalling his encounter with the mailman, the little boy told Detroit-based WXYZ news, “I said, ‘Do you want Kool-Aid?” But while the man was indeed thirsty, there was a problem. Revealing the mailman’s response, Adam’s mom Krista Carone added, “He said, ‘I’m sorry, I don’t have any money on me.”

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However, putting profits aside, Adam decided to do something amazing. Presumably noticing the mailman’s thirst, the five-year-old offered him a cup of refreshing Kool-Aid for free. “I was like, ‘You can still have some,’” Adam revealed.

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Needless to say, her son’s generosity warmed Carone’s heart. “He poured him a big cup,” she recalled. “I thought that that was so sweet.” And it soon turned out that the proud mom wasn’t the only one moved by Adam’s kind gesture.

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In the days that followed the young man’s good deed, Adam and his mom put their encounter with the mailman to the back of their minds. But it seemed that the mailman had not forgotten the kindness of the five-year-old. As a result, he decided to reward the little boy for his generosity.

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One week after his meeting with the mailman, Adam received something in the post. “I went to get the mail and there was a letter in there from the mailman with a $20 bill in it.” The money was intended for Adam and a note accompanying the cash explained why.

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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.”

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Upon reading the stranger’s heartfelt words, Carone felt herself becoming emotional. She was moved to tears, while little Adam was overjoyed. After all, he would have had to sell 40 cups of Kool-Aid in order to make $20.

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However, for Carone the mailman’s letter was so much more valuable than the money it had contained. “It makes me feel really good to know that there are still people in this world that care,” the proud mom gushed.

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The note was so special to Carone that she decided to share it with her friends and family on Facebook. In an accompanying post she wrote, “Adam was selling Kool-Aid in the front yard last week and he asked the mailman to buy some.”

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Carone added, “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.”

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After Carone posted the story on Facebook, it became evident that people agreed with her. Soon enough, more than 500 people had shared the mom’s update, passing on the uplifting encounter to their own networks.

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Consequently, the viral news story was soon picked up by local news outlets in Michigan. And when WXYZ news in Detroit featured the heartwarming tale on their YouTube channel, it clocked up a massive 64,690 views.

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The news story also attracted a handful of comments which sang the praises of both Adam and the mailman. “Help your fellow human with compassion and you will be rewarded,” one viewer wrote. Meanwhile, another added, “Children will save us all.”

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In a separate post that documented Adam’s experience on Nebraska’s WOWT 6 News Facebook page, another person wrote, “We need this kind of news on a daily basis. [I’m] so tired of negative and horrible crap all the time. Stuff like this warms your heart and brings back faith in humanity. Keep up the good work, kiddo! And thank you to the mailman for what you did as well!”

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But while Carone no doubt appreciated everyone’s kind words, she simply hoped that Adam’s run in with the mailman would stay with him forever. She wanted him to look back at the encounter for years to come and remember that the tiniest of kind gestures can be rewarded.

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Speaking to WXYZ news, Carone said, “I think that it will show him that, no matter what, you should help people.” After all, the mom and son had no idea of the effect that one free cup of Kool-Aid had had on their mailman. “That small gesture was something really big,” Carone added.

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