Acts of Kindness
Struggling boy opens backpack classmate places on his desk and falls apart when he reaches inside
When one of Jaheim's classmates snuck up on him with a bag they placed on his desk he didn't know what to think, but after he took a look inside he couldn't help but break down and cry.
Sasha Alonzo
06.24.22

Anyone has the ability to change someone’s day

Sadly, most of the time, we’re off in our own worlds, too concerned with our daily lives to really recognize what others are going through. Sofi Cruz, a young teen from Southern Carolina, recently had an opportunity to help somebody— and she didn’t turn away from the opportunity to do so.

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Facebook - Sofi Cruz Turner
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Facebook - Sofi Cruz Turner

It all started with a conversation

In a Facebook post, the teen explained how she had been having a conversation with her good friend Jaheim when he made an interesting comment.

Oregon State University via Flickr
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Oregon State University via Flickr

The comment itself wasn’t too noteworthy, but for some reason, something about it stuck with Sofi for the next few days. 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.”

Facebook - Sofi Cruz Turner
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Facebook - Sofi Cruz Turner

A request among friends

“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,” the teen continued.

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Colored pencil mag via Flickr

Making it happen

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.”

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.

Approaching her friend

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

YouTube Screenshot - KTVU FOX 2 San Francisco
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YouTube Screenshot - KTVU FOX 2 San Francisco

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.

Opening the bag

Jahiem wears a slight grin as he opens the bag and pulls out a box.

YouTube Screenshot - KTVU FOX 2 San Francisco
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YouTube Screenshot - KTVU FOX 2 San Francisco

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 of clothing including shirts and socks.

Holding it together… until the hug

Still, Jaheim keeps it together— but when Sofi leans in for a hug, he completely starts to break down.

“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.”

YouTube Screenshot - KTVU FOX 2 San Francisco
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YouTube Screenshot - KTVU FOX 2 San Francisco

Sofi wrote:

“I am so thankful that giving Jaheim those shoes made him so happy and allowed me to realize that giving someone something so special can be life-changing.”

“Love you Jahiem, with everything in me.”

Facebook - Sofi Cruz Turner
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Facebook - Sofi Cruz Turner

Watch the sweet surprise for yourself in the video below. Now this is true friendship.

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By Sasha Alonzo
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Sasha Alonzo is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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