There is no better time for an abundance of good news than the holiday season, and no year that it’s been more desperately needed than 2020. From neighbors helping neighbors to strangers helping strangers, we’re here for it all.
When COVID hit, 14-year-old Aiden Yielding’s incredible dad Chuck was no longer able to attend his chemotherapy appointments with him. Aiden is battling leukemia, and his dad has been there for him every step of the way. Despite being unable to be in the room with Aiden during his treatments, Chuck refused to let his son go through his treatments alone. Instead, he wears absurdly bright clothes and does goofy dances outside of his son’s hospital room to let him know he’s not alone.
Chuck’s dedication to supporting his son is heartwarming – so heartwarming in fact, that it got the attention of fellow dad Will Smith. Smith has been hosting an online show called Will From Home, a show he does with Snapchat right from his garage. His goal is to spread joy through doing good deeds, and often brings guests along to make strangers’ days a bit brighter.
After learning about Chuck and Aiden, Smith came up with a plan that gave both father and son something to smile about. Will Smith realized there was nobody better than his friend Jason Derulo to teach Chuck some new dance moves, moves he will undoubtedly show off outside of Aiden’s hospital room window during his next treatment.
As for Aiden, well, he’s a gamer. Since its release, the gaming community has been buzzing about the new PS5. The demand for these brand new gaming systems is incredibly high, with production especially low due to COVID – as a result, getting your hands on one is a struggle, to say the least.
For many of us, gaming is an important escape right now. Battling cancer on top of living in a pandemic world means that gaming has become an increasingly beloved getaway for Aiden. Will Smith is well aware of both Aiden’s love of gaming and the escapism it provides, so he got his new friend the highly-coveted PS5, along with a DualSense wireless controller, and a PSN gift card.
Smith also teamed up with Game Stop Gives to donate a total of $10,000 to a network of children’s hospitals, in honor of just how inspired he was by the father-son duo.
“In honor of the love you guys are putting into this world,” Smith said of his donation. “You’re parenting your child, but you’re parenting all of us. You’re teaching us all how it’s supposed to be.”