Every parent knows the universal truth about young kids: you can get them the most expensive, hard-to-find toy out there, and they’ll just end up playing with the box.
Where most adults are more concerned about what’s inside the box, there’s something about ordinary cardboard that inspires a kid’s imagination. It can stand in for anything from a secret clubhouse to pirate ship to a robot.
So when one kid had his sights set on a new box, a thoughtful stranger helped make it happen.
Wendy Bailey, from Rankin, Mississippi, recently ordered a new refrigerator from Lowe’s home improvement store. It was set to arrive in two weeks, and her 6-year-old son couldn’t wait for the delivery.
Not because he was excited for the new appliance—it’s just that it was so big, it stood to reason that it would come in an even bigger box.
And he had big plans for the box: to build an “extra awesome” box fort.
So he eagerly anticipated the delivery. His mother wrote on Facebook that he had been “patiently waiting for two weeks” when the fridge finally arrived. But there was only one problem:
The refrigerator didn’t come in a box!
This probably makes logistical sense as a fridge is both heavy and sturdy so it doesn’t require a box for transport, but try telling that to a 6-year-old who wants to built a fort.
But when Bailey explained to the delivery man why her son was so disappointed, he was very understanding.
“Every little boy needs an awesome box fort!” he said.
So he went out of his way to do something nice for the young boy:
He went back to the store and got him a box!
The employee made a whole extra trip just to make this kid’s day, knowing how important the box was to him.
His mom was thrilled for her son—he didn’t just get the fort he had been waiting for, but also got to experience the power of a random act of kindness.
“There’s one thrilled 6-year-old in my house this morning who also learned an important lesson today about kindness,” Bailey wrote.