Teenager's Heartwarming Act During Ding Dong Ditch Captures Hearts Across The Nation

August 3, 2023

In an unexpected turn of events, a teenager in Minnesota has captured the hearts of many with a simple act of kindness during a game of ding dong ditch.

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13-year-old Jacksen Proell was out to buy snacks with friends when they started ding dong ditching some doorbell cameras.

But Jacksen decided to do something kind instead.

"You matter, all right? There's always gonna be someone that cares about you. And you're a good person. No matter what people say, you matter," he said to the camera. "Whoever you are, you matter to someone. Just keep that in mind. Don't forget that."


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Jacksen said he didn't care who heard his message – just that someone did. In this case, it was Ashley Mann, who was on vacation when her phone received a notification from her camera.

"I saw some kids at the doorbell. I watched it, and I was like, 'Wow, that was really powerful'," Mann said.

She posted the video to TikTok and it now has millions of views.

Jacksen is astonished by the attention his act of kindness had garnered. I

"I'm not trying to get famous or something like that. I was just trying to say something nice, and now, this is happening. So, I'm just kind of going with it," the teenager said.

Jacksen and his mother have connected with Mann over TikTok. They plan to meet up soon.

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