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In today’s world, it’s nice to know a simple act of kindness doesn’t go unnoticed.
When 15-year-old Dontarius Caldwell was snapped in a photo showing him helping a blind woman cross the street, he wasn’t doing it for clicks or likes.
“I was just trying to help. I really didn’t think I would be on camera,” he said.
A photo of the Aiken High School freshman went viral Tuesday, showing the young teen helping the woman at Hamilton Avenue in College Hill.
“I was just helping the elderly, giving a helping hand. The key word is helping hand. Everybody gotta get a helping hand,” he said.
Like any other day, Dontarius was on his phone and playing games while waiting on his school bus. He was waiting alongside his younger sister Diamond. “Diamond was listening to music, then she looked over and I looked over to see what she was looking at,” Dontarius recalled.
Diamond saw the woman struggling to press the button for the crosswalk sign, and in true little sister fashion, she urged her brother to do something. “I told Dontarius that I think she blind, you should get up and go help her, and he got up and went to go help her cross the street two times while I waited for the bus to come,” said Diamond.
“I said, ‘Ma’am do you need some help?’ And she said, ‘Yes.’ She gave me her hand and I held it,” Dontarius said. Dontarius said he didn’t do anything special. He was just raised to do the right thing.
“If you be kind, what happens (to them) happens to you.”Dontarius was given a key to the school as a reward for his kindness.