r/MadeMeSmile Oct 01 '22 Silver 5 Helpful 1 Wholesome 4 Take My Energy 1 Wholesome Seal of Approval 1 Starstruck 1

Giving kids incentive to stay in school (this is probably from a decade ago, but it still made me smile) Helping Others

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u/Only_at_Eventide Oct 02 '22 Helpful Starry

So I work at a school in a pretty impoverished area and the need for good shoes is insane. This man is a saint and I wonder if he really knows why. It goes way beyond being made fun of (and if I had to guess, it's probably being made fun of for shoes that are falling apart, not because they're out of style or something like that)

We had a shoe drive program come to our school and we would help kids pick out and get shoes in their size and clean socks and they had to train us on a) why this is so important and b) how to not react when we see something bad.

So there are parents out that that because of neglect, ignorance, pride, poverty, or some combination of those simply don't buy their kids new shoes. This results in the child's feet growing improperly (like toes growing on top of each other), which leads to walking issues, pain, back issues, hip issues, etc. Then, those same parents often don't care much about their child's foot hygiene, either. Several kids said they didn't want new shoes despite wearing ones three sizes too small. I had one of these kids and when I finally convinced him to remove his shoes, his nails were yellow and so long that they had started to wrap around his toes (and I did report that case).

People always think about clothes and coats for kids, which is great, but shoes and socks are often forgotten.

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u/FairieButt Oct 02 '22

I’m bitchy enough that when I saw this I thought “you’re in school.” And humble enough to realize that this grammatical error and his gesture go hand in hand. He is giving these kids what he wasn’t given. This man is the hope that society so desperately craves.

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u/Trainki Oct 02 '22

If it can ease your guilt, know it's a common disease in France, feeling compelled to correct any little language mistake :'D

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u/uhsquidWasTaken Oct 02 '22

honestly hurt reading this... i've heard of the need for socks but to be honest never shoes. Thats awful!

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u/lilyklyoung Oct 02 '22

That’s nice but how did he know their sizes?

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u/Cautious-Damage7575 Oct 02 '22

Good question. I'm guessing he either asked them, or maybe just bought a bunch of assorted sizes and let it shake out as nature intended

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u/serious_brain_damage Oct 02 '22

They’ll grow into them….duh

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u/lilyklyoung Oct 02 '22

So… keep skipping school till they fit?

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u/Dazzling_RS Oct 02 '22

Double sock’em 🧦

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u/Trainki Oct 02 '22

And God created a miraculous invention called...
... Newspaper ball inside the shoe ;D

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u/Infinitumshr88ms Oct 02 '22

Thats pretty awesome .

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u/Character_Comb_3439 Oct 02 '22

Good man. To the adults that had middle class, upper middle and upper class backgrounds; it is very different in the poor neighbourhoods. My friends mom was seen shopping at goodwill for clothing. He was teased and bullied relentlessly, to the point he had to change schools. My mom cleaned the house of a very wealthy Toronto family and their kids regularly bought clothes from thrift stores because they thought it was “fun and cool” I know it doesn’t make sense, the poor should shop at thrift stores because it is cheaper the reality is we had to. So when we got to buy things from the nice stores in the nice neighbourhoods we got to feel better about ourselves. Being poor is very expensive.

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u/CashSpecialist931 Oct 02 '22

As someone who couldn’t afford shoes, who’s parents neglected to do normal things like this basically electing not to do so, thank you. Literally went to school barefoot most of my senior year.

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u/Altruistic_Profit_15 Oct 02 '22

RESPECT

this man is a true hero

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u/Few_Journalist_6961 Oct 02 '22

Then these kids went on to make fun of other kids who didn't have as nice shoes

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u/MoreThan2_LessThan21 Oct 02 '22

You're*

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u/ActionHousevh Oct 02 '22

You get a pair.

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u/FartsMcPoop Oct 02 '22

He did something selfless and amazing the children in his community buuut he DID use the wrong you're. Overall, still a monster.

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u/SerenumUS Oct 02 '22

Calls people "Karen" in their chat history yet ironically corrects a minor grammatical error because they themselves are a Karen.

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u/Cautious-Damage7575 Oct 02 '22

Who? Me?

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u/MoreThan2_LessThan21 Oct 02 '22

Nah, they're talking about me. Apparently he went poking around my recent comments where I used the word "Karen" without realizing that I was making reference to that post's title when saying it.

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u/Cautious-Damage7575 Oct 02 '22

Umm, okay. Hope I'm never that bored

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u/Cum_Donor4187 Oct 02 '22

Came to say the same thing, he should’ve stayed in school

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u/No_Willingness7837 Oct 02 '22

I don’t wanna be mean because that guy is great and all but if I ever skipped school because people were making fun of my shoes my mom would beat my ass💀 that’s honestly a really dumb excuse

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u/Cautious-Damage7575 Oct 02 '22

Same here. I don't know how old you are, but I'm 57, and bullying has come a long way. Of course it was in schools way back in the day, but people weren't being maimed and murdered... just shamed and ostracized—relentlessly and never-endingly. It rarely went the way of physical violence tho

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u/No_Willingness7837 Oct 02 '22

I’m in highschool right now and let me tell you something, the school fights are out of control, last year there was a fight at least every month sometimes even multiple in a day or week. Which sure could be summed up to the reactions from social media but I feel like it’s also the schools fault, they literally do nothing if your get into fights. apparently at a votech school around where I live a girl literally DIED from a fight in the bathroom, now I’m not sure what happened to the other kids who fought her but I never heard of them being arrested or anything.

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u/CrumbledTheCookies Oct 02 '22

I don't really think you meant to be mean, but calling a child's decision to try and avoid being treated badly, for something outside of their control & at the cost of their own education, a "dumb excuse" is very close minded.

Your reasoning is that your mom would've beat your ass. But if you were being treated like trash at school for having "bad shoes" that your mom gave you, then being beat by your mom for trying to avoid that, or some combination and/or variation of that & other factors, don't you think it'd be reasonable & understandable for a kid to try to and avoid some of that shit any way they can?? Maybe it was easier for you to shrug off people being shitty, but it's apples and oranges.

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u/No_Willingness7837 Oct 02 '22

My mom wouldn’t really beat my ass ima be honest, she’s actually really understanding and I’ve been bullied for my shoes before but guess what? I still went to school and I still got good grades, and what happens next year when they get bullied again? Not everybody has 100 dollars to spend on shoes and some people need to get over that and accept that you might not have the trendiest shoe. Don’t get me wrong I do feel bad for the kids, getting bullied sucks ass but I wouldn’t even let myself skip school for that reason like honestly

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u/crack_n_tea Oct 02 '22

Lmao mine as well. Shitty shoes are shitty shoes but education is important

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u/No_Willingness7837 Oct 02 '22

Fr, I honestly could care less about my shoes if I like a pair of Walmart shoes ima buy them idc if it’s not Jordan’s like bruh

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u/alfredpsmurtz Oct 02 '22

Not all heros wear capes.

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u/advntrtme23 Oct 02 '22

I guess he didn’t go to school himself.

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u/itsthisausername Oct 02 '22

Small town heroes never disappoint

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u/justhereforass2 Oct 02 '22

Dude should have stayed in school himself to learn the difference between your and you’re lol

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u/Cautious-Damage7575 Oct 02 '22

They're doesn't seem to be any reason he should have done that

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u/justhereforass2 Oct 02 '22

Huh?

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u/Cautious-Damage7575 Oct 02 '22

My mistake. That should have said, "They're doesn't seem to be any reason he should OF done that"

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u/Vaan_Ratsbane97 Oct 02 '22

That's sweet but we should be harassing the shitty parents that let their kids think it's ok to discriminate based on clothes (or really any reason other than content of character)

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u/suddenlycumbly Oct 02 '22

Ehhh, I'll bite. Anecdotal, but whatever. I grew up poor and was made fun of because of my shoes/clothing.

My mom heard about the nicknames and did whatever she could to get me nice sneakers and hand-me-downs. With six kids, it was hard to clothe all of us. But what we had did wonders for our humility.

I'm 33 and well off now, and my mom still takes me to get a pair of sneakers on my birthday. Cheesy, corny, pandering or whatever, but there's something in my mom's tenacity about making sure no one would get to me is something I love about growing up poor.

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u/Vaan_Ratsbane97 Oct 02 '22

Yeah. Like I said. His gesture is sweet. It's a good kind thing. But it doesn't strike at the root of the problem. It tackles the symptom not the cause.

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u/Corpin151 Oct 02 '22

I completely agree, but the unfortunate truth in life is we are powerless in regards to the roots of problems. Tackling symptoms in such cases as this can create a ripple affect as these kids see the two paths they can take - cruelty or compassion.

Change cannot be forced, it has to be spread.

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u/Vaan_Ratsbane97 Oct 02 '22

I disagree only on the point we are powerless. That's often an excuse to do nothing and except no responsibility. Simply talking to or shaming individuals who teach their kids bad ethics can have an affect. We have a lot more influence than we think. Humans are very social. Change cannot spread without influence being exerted. Whether it's indirectly by leading an example or more directly by interacting with people.

But I do agree with the ripple effects you mentioned.

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u/KayD12364 Oct 02 '22

Thats nice.

But

Maybe instead of changing to fit someone else's image. You should explain to the kids that bullying is not okay. Especially over something so stupid as what we wear on our feet.

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u/ricecake_nicecake Oct 02 '22

Ideally, someone who knows the kids doing the bullying would have that conversation with them. This man doesn't know the bullies. He is doing what he can for the kids he knows.

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u/MrMonicotti Oct 02 '22

Then the next day the were beat up and robbed of the new cool shoes. Thanks neighbor!

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u/Could_be_persuaded Oct 02 '22

That's one way of going about it. You still have the kids who bully others because their parents make more money. It would make me smile if they were educated.

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u/havik09 Oct 02 '22

We need more free public things like this. It's amazing at how far a few small things could change the course of some ones life

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u/RadicalIslamicMonkey Oct 02 '22

r/kidsarefuckingstupid It’s shoes my guy, nobody gives a fuck

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u/RadicalIslamicMonkey Oct 02 '22

If I was caught complaining that I didn’t have sneakers my mom would beat my ass, these kids weird nowadays

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u/broadsharp Oct 02 '22

Good people doing good things.

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u/AGripInVan Oct 02 '22

I would do the same thing. But when the kid came by I would say "but you arent in school right now, sorry."

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u/Miftyrious Oct 02 '22

Who believes this?

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u/MySonSaysImBussin Oct 02 '22

~2300 people? 2301 including me :-)

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u/Ohrealllyyyywow Oct 02 '22

I'd love to do this but with packlunches, however I'm literally just as poor right now.

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u/EmotionalMycologist9 Oct 02 '22

Very good of him to do this...but someone should fix his sign.

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u/Acnaccess Oct 02 '22

This is BS! How did he know their sizes? Don't fall this kind of social media engineered crap...kids should stay in school and learn for the right reasons not because they need to keep up with others. They need to learn to cope with situations and not be babied through nonsense situations. They had shoes, period! Who will buy them nice things when real life kicks them in the teeth? Teaching entitlement is a disservice to us all.

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u/Knekten66v2 Oct 02 '22

Great guy!

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u/Berbaik Oct 02 '22

Omg ❤️❤️❤️you wonderful man

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u/Impossible-Pea6841 Oct 03 '22

The man did a “great” thing with what “he” was able to give and deserves applause 👏! For all the people that have any criticism please post a pick with all the free shoes your handing out to poor children! 🤨

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u/thatagent34 Oct 02 '22

Wait so the kids had shoes but didn't have fancy sneakers? Like he didnt provide shoeless kids with shoes he just bought some whiny kids stuff? Way to teach kids to be happy with what they have.

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22

Righteous ✊🏿 I’m guessing he is dead now? Or in jail?

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u/Puzzleheaded-Bee-838 Oct 02 '22

Making fun of them for their shoes, now those are some weak ass kids.