Acts of Kindness
School employees raise money and get beloved custodian his dream car
Mr. Chris followed the teachers to the parking lot thinking they needed help. Little did he know, it was because they'd gotten him the gift of a lifetime.
Elijah Chan
10.04.21

A school staff member who has always been helpful gets the helping hand he needs from the community that loves him.

Chris Jackson, a custodian at Unity Grove Elementary school, has always been a positive energy at their school. He’s reliable and would never think twice to assist anyone in any way.

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But behind his big smiles and joyful attitude, Jackson conceals his struggles and the challenges he’s trying to overcome daily. Even transportation was a hard thing when he fell on hard times.

A car would make it easier for him to go to work but he just couldn’t afford one.

“We had buses, transportation, but I was quicker than the bus. It would add an hour, hour 45. And I was only an hour from my job. So for me, there’s no stopping me,” Jackson said to 11Alive.

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And indeed, these hard times didn’t stop him from serving his community at Unity Grove.

He shows up, does his job well, and makes sure that everything is in order. Even if there were days that were much more difficult, Jackson kept his head up.

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“But I didn’t quit. I didn’t run away. I just stay. I put my pride aside. I just come to work, smile, be me.” he said to the news outlet.

This attitude and his work ethic made him an invaluable member of the school and the students and faculty alike were impressed with his dedication.

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“There has never been a day where he has not come in with a smile on his face. The kids here adore him. They love Mr. Chris. And he just works so hard,” Special Ed Teacher Jodi Combs describes Jackson and his work to 11Alive.

So when they learned about Jackson’s struggles, the school didn’t hesitate to pitch in and help.

After all, what is a school if not a community? And a community always looks after one another.

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Facebook Screenshot - Unity Grove Elementary

“We heard that Chris had fallen on some hard times and we pulled together to help with his immediate needs,” she added.

They may not be able to solve all of his problems, and we doubt Jackson would let them, but they knew a way where they can be impactful.

They knew that his most immediate need was a car, and since Jackson already has some money to invest in one, the school decided to raise funds for the rest.

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Facebook Screenshot - Unity Grove Elementary

In a video posted on Facebook, Jackson was following a teacher through the parking lot. They told him she needed help, and just like always, Jackson was ready to help. Only this time, the help was for him.

As they reached a Chevrolet Impala, a model that Jackson considered to be his dream car, the teacher suddenly turned to him and handed him keys.

At first, Jackson was stunned. He was just standing there, trying to understand what just happened. The teachers around him were explaining what the staff did and welcomed him to his new car – his dream car.

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Facebook Screenshot - Unity Grove Elementary

“If y’all was in my body right now, I can’t move!” Jackson said in the Facebook post. “I’m stuck. I’m really stuck.”

Bit by bit, the realization came to Jackson.

He finally got the break he deserved. It’s all thanks to the community he helped serve, and the staff who did not hesitate to return the favor.

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Facebook Screenshot - Unity Grove Elementary

And while the everyday struggles are still there for all of us, the folks at Unity Grove reminded us that we can overcome everything as long as we look after one another.

Watch how staff members stun their school custodian with a surprise of a lifetime in the two videos below!

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