Acts of Kindness
Soldier shows kindness to two hungry boys in Taco Bell
"I am a believer that we live in the best country in the world with the best people." 🥰
Randy Aragon
06.28.22

When this Colonel in the Army spotted two young boys hungry and wet at a Taco Bell, he did something that warmed millions of hearts around the world.

Serving on and off the battlefield.

YouTube - Jason Gibson
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YouTube - Jason Gibson

Members of our military risk their lives for our freedoms, but this video proves they also have our backs in civilian matters.

Lt. Col.Robert Risdon stopped by his local Taco Bell to grab a bite when he saw two young boys selling homemade desserts for their church.

He had a dad moment.

The dad in him couldn’t help but wonder if they were hungry, so he asked the 13-year-old and 9-year-old if they had eaten yet?

That’s when another Taco Bell customer, Jason Gibson, pulled out his phone to get a video of the heartwarming exchange.

“You want the big one? You want the number one? You tell me what you guys want,” Lt. Col. Risdon says as the boys gleam with excitement.

YouTube - Jason Gibson
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YouTube - Jason Gibson

The sweetest salute

The younger of the two boys salutes Col. Risdon, telling him “I want to be just like you when I grow up”

The whole encounter is short, only lasting just over a minute, but the impact it will have on these two little boys is profound.

YouTube - Jason Gibson
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YouTube - Jason Gibson

A kind encounter gone viral

The man behind the camera, Jason Gibson, posted the video to Facebook and YouTube where it quickly gained momentum for its endearing content.

In the YouTube post he wrote:

“I was in a taco bell tonight when two kids came in trying to sell homemade desserts for money. I overheard a soldier ask the kids if they were hungry and told them to follow him to the counter, he would buy them dinner. I had to video it and share. Our troops are always taking care of us. Thank u LTC Robert Risdon please please share this….I heard the little one say I want to be just like u when I grow up and saluted him.”

YouTube - Jason Gibson
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YouTube - Jason Gibson

Being the hero that he is, Lt. Col. Risdon was embarrassed by the praise the video he got

It’s no surprise that Lt. Col. Risdon wasn’t looking for praise when he helped these boys out with dinner.

In an interview with the Huffington Post he explained that it was kind of embarrassing saying:

“I’m kinda embarrassed and humbled by the praise and don’t need it,” said Lt. Col. Risdon, he went on to say: “I am a believer that we live in the best country in the world with the best people and that acts of kindness happen every day.”

People on YouTube were incredibly moved by the Army Lt. Col.

The video reached millions

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Pixabay - cuncon

Always a heart for serving

As if his service to our country already isn’t enough, Lt. Col. Risdon went above and beyond to help these kids out and people on YouTube showered him with kind words for it.

“Not only has this soldier served his country on the battlefield. He has served it within the borders of his home as well. Bless this guy.” Said YouTuber @JustPlainHenry.

Kudos to this military stud who proved that kindness is alive and well, we’re all inspired by you.

See this heartwarming encounter yourself in the video below!

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Source: Jason Gibson – YouTube, Huff Post
Featured image: Jason Gibson – YouTube, Mike Mozart – Flickr

By Randy Aragon
hi@sbly.com
Randy Aragon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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