Faith in humanity restored. When teenagers can break the bratty teen stereotype and don tights and superhero capes and go out into the community to commit random acts of kindness, I get the feeling that the human race is going to be A-ok.
High school juniors Zade Abdullah and Kyle Nutt did just that. "My parents always wanted me to do good and 16-year-olds are stereotyped for being rotten kids," Abdullah told HLN. "We wanted to show people that all 16-year-olds are not like that. We can be good and do good in the community and make the world a better place."
The Dixon, Illinois teens worked with another 16-year-old friend for a week, filming various acts of kindness from paying for someone’s drive-thru purchase to handing out poinsettias at a nursing home.
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They were nervous about how they’d be perceived, but ultimately loved spreading good cheer and joy to others. After a week of do-gooding, they spent 10 hours straight editing the footage into a video to share with the world that anyone can be a hero, simply by spreading small acts of kindness.
"My mom always talked to me about being a good person and talked to me about stuff like this. I don't think she really thought I listened to everything she said but I do," Nutt told HLN.
"There were a couple of people who looked at us awkwardly, like, 'What are you doing?'. There were a couple of people not understanding the meaning behind it. After seeing the video, people understand," said Abdullah.
"Kids our age think that doing a good act in public is embarrassing. It's not embarrassing. If we can do it in Spandex and tights, anyone can do it," Nutt said.
Awesome, inspiring kids.
Take a couple of minutes to watch the video. You won't regret it.
Does this encourage you to pay a random act of kindness forward?
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