One man awoke with a start when he heard loud banging coming from outside his home. He rushed to his front door where he found a boy panicking on his step. Then, when the youngster explained what had happened to him, the man leapt into action.
It hadn’t been the best morning for one youngster in Kansas City, Missouri. In August 2017 the boy left his home to make his way to school. However, to his complete horror, he discovered that he’d missed the bus.
At this point the boy began to panic. If he didn’t find a way to get to school on time he would no doubt face the wrath of his teachers. That was probably something the pupil wished to avoid. So, he hatched a plan.
In desperation, the youngster began knocking on doors to see if anyone would help him. Sadly, though, he drew a blank. For a moment, the boy’s hopes of getting to school on time began to slip away.
But he refused to give up. That’s when he approached the fourth house on his quest to find help. He began to knock frantically on the door, hoping this time someone would agree to take him to school. However, he could never have expected what would happen next.
When the door opened, the boy was confronted by a burly looking man with tattoos all down his arms. The guy didn’t perhaps look like the most sensitive person. However, the schoolboy would soon discover that the man had the softest of hearts.
The man who opened the door was Brian Smith. Smith was born and bred in Kansas City and is the father of one little girl. Like most dads, he dotes on his daughter and wants nothing but the best for her future.
To help his little one achieve her dreams, Smith believes education is key. So, he spends hours playing educational games with her in order to expand her horizons. And, although she may be young, her dad sees every moment spent helping his girl as an investment into her future.
Unsurprisingly, when the loud knocking woke Smith up that day, it took him by surprise. And his confusion worsened when he opened his door to find a strange young boy in a panic. However, he decided to hear the youngster out.
“I open [the door] like, ‘What up lil homie?’ I’ve never seen him before,” Smith later explained on Facebook. The boy told him that he’d missed the bus and now had no easy way of getting to school. As a result, he needed the stranger’s help.
“He said, ‘I missed the bus and no one will take me to school,’” Smith recalled. The boy explained how he’d already knocked on three doors only to be turned away. Consequently, Smith didn’t have to think twice when he gave his response.
“My response [was], ‘Say no more fam,’” Smith revealed. “[I] didn’t even brush my teeth… just grabbed my keys [and] slipped on my foams.” He then jumped in his car and delivered the boy to school as quickly as he could. But, before driving off, he took a picture of the youngster as he walked away.
“Go get that education young brotha,” Smith enthused when he posted the candid snap to Facebook. And he also added that his kind gesture should serve as a positive example to others. “This is what a big homie does for young brothas,” he said.
And it seemed that many people agreed that Smith’s actions had been honorable. Since he posted about his kind gesture in August 2017, his update has garnered more than 320,000 reactions. Furthermore, over 141,000 people shared it with their followers.
The post also attracted 23,000 comments from people across the globe. And, for the most part, many of them were falling over themselves to congratulate Smith on his kind deed. Some even went so far as to call him a “hero.”
“This is what you call a hero,” read one such comment. “This young man will never forget what you’ve done. This could’ve been God himself knocking on your door seeking your kindness. May he bless you in return.”
“I’m sure you’ve gotten thousands of messages, but I just gotta stop and say thanks,” another person wrote. “After a less than stellar few weeks, it was nice to read about an action that was so simple yet powerful at the same time.”
“This world needs more people like you and that young man,” the commenter continued. “Thank you for helping make the world better for your daughter, my kids, everyone’s kids… even if just for one moment. Those moments add up!”
The praise he received took Smith by surprise. “This is crazy,” he wrote on Facebook two days after his original post. “I never expected any of this […] I’m an under the radar kind of person if you know me so you know I’m like, ‘What the hell!’”
Following the attention his story received, Smith discovered the boy he’d helped wasn’t as much of stranger as he’d thought. It turned out that the youngster’s mom worked at the gym Smith went to. After Smith and the boy’s mom discussed what had happened, Smith described the encounter on Facebook. “Damn small world!!” he wrote.