Every once in a while, social media manages to produce a truly heartwarming, genuinely positive story. Sure, it’s not enough to offset all the inherent negatives, but we’re not changing how we live our lives, so it’s important to consume the goodness whenever it surfaces.
This week, it was a story going viral about a 10-year-old basketball-loving New Yorker. Ethan Guzman and his dad were pulling up to their building in Washington Heights when Ethan spotted a boy playing barefoot on the sidewalk with a basketball.
He made his dad stop the car so he could talk to the boy. He asked why he was playing without shoes, and the boy told him he had just moved to New York and always played either barefoot or in sandals in his native Dominican Republic. At that, Ethan ran upstairs and came back with a pair of his own shoes for the boy, who was so elated he immediately ran them inside to show his mom.
Bigger than basketball 🙏
He saw a kid playing without shoes or socks so he went inside and gave him a pair of his own
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Quick story @where_is_ethan4 and I drove up to our building and Ethan yelled stop! 🛑 he noticed a kid playing basketball without shoes, so Ethan asked him why he playing without shoes?, “he said I came today and that’s how i play in the Dominican Republic 🇩🇴 all my life with sandals or barefoot 🦶so Ethan’s broken Spanish responded with No! No! aqu No, ran upstairs went a got some new sneakers that was given to him and some new socks to match to give to him and the response was priceless, he ran upstairs full of joy to show his mother 🙏🏽🙏🏽 #whereisethan⁉️ #dominicanpower #babydp #loveyouEthan #Priceless
And it’s nice to see his gesture being appreciated, as Footlocker hooked up young Ethan for his act of kindness.