Eighth Grader's Act of Kindness Touches The Heart Of An Elderly Woman

May 24, 2023

In a world where acts of kindness often go unnoticed, a remarkable story has emerged that reminds us of the power of compassion and the impact it can have on someone's life.

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Credit: Bullitt County Public Schools

It all started with a "Kindness Week Challenge" given to Brennan Gould by his 8th grade teacher, Ms. Watkins. Little did he know that this challenge would lead to a wonderful friendship with 84-year-old Ms. Ann.

Brennan's commitment to sending her little goodies every day for a week blossomed into a habit of checking up on her and delivering gifts regularly, long after the challenge was over.

Their friendship has now lasted for over five years, and Brennan still visits Ms. Ann every month with flowers, smoothies, chocolates and more.

They talk about everything from his high school life to his college goals - the pair has found that they share a mutual love of chocolate. Ms. Ann is always eager to hear about what he's doing and loves to share her own stories from a different time. They have become the best of friends, with Brennan treating her like an adopted great-grandmother.

"The best thing a teenager can do is befriend someone elderly. I'm so glad our son has added more sunshine to her life. I hope he always remembers the joy he's brought her, and his fun talks with her, keeps his kind heart, and thinks of others. Onward toward year 6!" said Brennan’s mom, Traci.

Ms. Ann's family is grateful for Brennan's friendship, as they cannot always be with her. Brennan's kind heart has brought more sunshine into Ms. Ann's life, and her encouraging words have helped to inspire him in return.

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