Acts of Kindness
Boy Takes All His Savings From Piggy Bank To Buy Bike For Gas Station Worker
Vaughn had been saving his money up for a vacation. Then one day, he decided to use it to help a kind gas station employee instead.
Elijah Chan

It was a proud moment for the parents of one South African kid when he spent his vacation savings on someone else.

Vaughn Fish, from Gillitts, South Africa, took to heart what his mother taught him about kindness. Mandy Fish, his mom, shared the story on Facebook where her post garnered thousands of shares and likes.

The story starts:

“About 2 months ago we met a wonderful man named Tony at the Caltex by the fire station. Vaughn was very sick, and within moments the attendant had him laughing and smiling.

Since then we regularly visit the station and Vaughn eagerly looks out for his new friend. Tony always takes the time to talk to Vaughn about the various bikes we haul to Giba and back and listens so obligingly to him as he chatters away.”

Tony, the gas station clerk, shared in one of their conversations his interest in biking.

Facebook - Fresh Stop Gillitts
Facebook - Fresh Stop Gillitts

He even asked his new friend for a small favor and look out for a “reasonably priced bike”. Vaughn, of course, was willing to help him out.

Before this encounter, Vaughn had been collecting “silver coins” from around the house so he could save up for a family holiday. Even at a young age, he already had a noble mission to provide for others. And by the time he met Tony, his collection was already a bit hefty.

Facebook - Antony Phillip Antonio
Facebook - Antony Phillip Antonio

Then one night, Vaughn approached his mom and asked him if he could spend the “vacation money” for something else.

He wanted to buy a bike for Tony and his mom couldn’t be even more proud of her son. A vacation is good, but being a blessing to others is worth so much more than money could buy.

She wrote on Facebook:

“One night he came to me and asked if I really wanted a holiday and upon asking why he said he would rather put his savings towards helping Tony get his bike.

And so today, we cracked open the piggy bank and took all the silvers to Game where he bought his friend a bicycle.”

They drove to the Caltex branch where Tony was working and surprised him with a brand new bicycle.

Tony was elated with the gift as they were all smiles in their picture together.

People who came across the post were deeply moved by the boy’s kindness, but none of them was more proud than Mandy.

Facebook - Mandy Moo Fish
Facebook - Mandy Moo Fish

“… it will be years until your mom allows you on Facebook but when you do see this post, know that today of all your days on this planet so far my heart is the fullest and most proud of you it’s ever been. Keep being kind, and generous, with your time and money, and remember bringing joy to others can bring just as much joy to yourself.”

To brighten up the already heartwarming encounter, Game Stores, where Vaughn bought the bike, picked up on the story.

Facebook - Mandy Moo Fish
Facebook - Mandy Moo Fish

In a tweet, Game Stores decided to pay it forward and gifted Tony and Vaughn vouchers with the same value as the new bike.

It only goes to show that kindness can indeed be free and can be beautifully contagious. Being a blessing to others can start even at a young age. All we have to do is encourage it.

Be sure to check out the proud mom’s full Facebook post below!

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Above all things I regard kindness of heart, and over the years I've tried to live like that and teach my child to do…

Posted by Mandy Moo Fish onThursday, January 24, 2019

Source: Facebook – Mandy Moo Fish, Twitter – @Game_Stores, GoodThings Guy, Instagram – @prawnfish55

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By Elijah Chan
Elijah Chan is a contributor at SBLY Media.