Teen Kicked out Graduation for Only Pants He Can Afford. Three Minutes Until Start, Sees Stranger Outside

Leroy Solis Jr. walked across the stage at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas to receive his high school diploma. He looked like many of the young men graduating from MacArthur High School that day.

He wore a blue cap and gown along with dress pants, a dress shirt, and a tie. Solis Jr. did not stand out from the crowd of graduates.

However, the reason he was actually able to walk across the stage during graduation stands out as an exceptionally touching example of kindness. In just three minutes, this high school graduate went from not being allowed to participate in the ceremony to lining up with the rest of his classmates.

Solis Jr. was presented with information and expectations pertaining to the graduation ceremony. Dress code for the ceremony was one of the topics included.

A newsletter from the principal stated, “Failure to comply can result in not being allowed to participate in the ceremony or removal from the ceremony . . . This is not something that I ever want to see happen, but these expectations will be enforced.”

Solis Jr. was required to wear dress slacks, a dress shirt, and a tie. He did not own slacks or a tie, though.

Instead of asking his single father on a fixed income to buy him the required clothing that he might end up wearing only once, he planned on wearing jeans and no tie. The high school senior did not think he would encounter a problem with not meeting the dress code because he thought the gown would cover his lack of dress clothing.

When he showed up to the ceremony wearing jeans, he was sent home. With three minutes left until the graduates had to line up, Solis Jr. left and walked to his car.

Before getting into his car, he saw a young man similar to him in size. Not only was he similar in size, but he was wearing dress slacks!

Solis Jr. explained to the stranger that he needed dress slacks in order to walk in his graduation ceremony that was about to start. Amazingly, the young man and his father told Solis Jr. to get in their truck where they traded pants.

The young man and father told Solis Jr., “Go cross the stage.” He quickly found somebody selling $10 ties just outside the Coliseum in the parking lot.

Thanks to the young man’s kindness in the midst of an unusual request to give a stranger his pants, Solis Jr. was able to proudly cross the stage without putting financial strain on his family. Rosemary De Los Santos, Solis Jr.’s sister, shared this story along with a picture in hopes of finding the man who gave up his pants so that her brother could walk across the stage.

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Outback Workers Leave Note On Officer’s Receipt (Photo)

Two Outback Steakhouse employees picked up the check for a group of Slidell, Louisiana, police officers.

“They’re the sweetest guys,” server Zoë Rao told WVUE. “I enjoy waiting on them.”

Rao and her manager Arline Wood, who has worked at the restaurant for 18 years, decided to pay for the four police officers’ meal to show them how much they are appreciated.

“They care about the community, they care about everybody, they’re just great guys,” Wood said. “Our whole police force is great and these guys at night, I went to Zoë and I said, let’s take care of it.”

  • Rao and Wood paid the officers $67 bill and included a note on the receipt.
  • “Be safe!” they wrote on top of the receipt, with a smiley face.

“Thank y’all for y’all’s service!” the women wrote, signing their first names at the bottom of the receipt. “Enjoy y’all’s meal on us!”

The next day, the Slidell Police Department shared a picture of the receipt on its Facebook page. The post has been shared more than three thousand times and reacted to by more than 14,000 users. The attention Wood and Rao received was not something they planned on getting.

“I got a phone call early in the morning and I was like, ‘What are you talking about?'” Wood said. “People were calling me and then we saw it on Facebook, then it’s on this one and that one, and we didn’t do it for this publicity, because lord knows I don’t like all this publicity.”

The officers gave Rao a large tip to thank her for the generous act of kindness, the police department said. The Slidell Police Department enjoys sharing kind notes members of the community have given them on its Facebook page.

“Thank you again so much for the life of service and sacrifice you live to protect our community,” a note shared from the Hickman family reads. “You are loved, appreciated and prayed for by our family!”

“You are a blessing from God,” another shared note reads, which was left on an officer’s patrol car window.

“Thank you for putting your life on the line to protect us,” a second note left on the same vehicle reads.

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Young Boy Buys 295 Lunches For Fellow Student Who Couldn’t Afford It

Third grader Cayden Taipalus came home from school one day sad and confused when his friend was denied a hot lunch for not having enough money in his lunch account.

He wanted to make sure other kids didn’t have to go through this, so he raised money for students all over the county…295 in total. What an amazing act of kindness!

When He Saw One Student Couldn’t Afford School Lunch, He Bought Lunches For 295 Kids

Cayden Taipalus is only 8 years old, but somehow, he single-handedly changed his entire school district. The third grader noticed that one day, someone ahead of him in line at the cafeteria couldn’t afford their school lunch. They had to leave their tray there and go off hungry.

Being the kind person that he is, this made Cayden feel sad. He went back home and told his mom. He asked her if there was anything he could do to help.

He called his project Pay It Forward: No Kid Goes Hungry. Cayden and his mom decided to collect bottles and cans to raise money to clear the lunch debt. They asked family and friends for donations, and Cayden’s first check to the school of $64 paid for 150 lunches for students in need.

“I am so very proud of my son,” his mother, Amber Peters told ABC News. “He is only 8 years old and to grasp the concept around this is just amazing in my eyes. He has a heart of gold.”

First, he paid off his elementary school’s debt, and eventually, the entire district. He managed to buy 295 hot lunches for students who can’t afford it.

If Cayden teaches us anything, it’s to trust our gut. If something makes us sad, if it feels like an injustice has taken place, then instead of being sad about it, maybe we should ask: how can we help?

“A small thing can turn out to be a big thing,” Cayden says.

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Famous Actor Caught On Subway Performing Act Of Kindness

Many people assume that Hollywood movie stars are pretentious. That they’re way too self-involved to put their own egos aside for the sake of the “little people.” But then there is indeed a handful of celebrities who know that what they do when the cameras aren’t rolling is most important. Then again, you never know when you’re being filmed…

In New York City, it’s not unusual to see a celebrity taking the subway here and there. And the hustle and bustle can sometimes get in the way of manners, particularly on the subway. In the following clip, who else but famed actor Keanu Reeves is caught on a passenger’s cell phone doing something so polite for a female stranger. I just can’t help but think he falls into the “genuinely nice person” category.

In the quick and viral moment posted to YouTube, the uploader writes: “Keanu Reeves is a gentleman. Yep! Who knew? Hate all you want, but the dude has class!”

I think my crush on Keanu just tripled. Take note, people in Hollywood. This is how you do it.

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