One South Carolina mother had her prayers answered all thanks to a bunch of kindhearted high school kids.
Kay Kirby, a mom of four from Boiling Springs, South Carolina, was heartbroken every time her son, Andrew, texted to inform her that he was eating alone during his lunch break at Boiling Springs High School.
“I would have to turn my head a lot of time [and try] not to cry,” Kirby told GMA.
This isn't your typical "First Day of School" post. This is a SHOUT OUT to the Boiling Springs High School Student…
Andrew, 16, hasn’t had the best start in life.
Kirby and her husband adopted Andrew, who was born with a crack cocaine addiction. He has neurofibromatosis—a condition in which tumors grow in the nervous system—and has undergone major back and neck surgeries.
Growing up, Andrew was a shy kid and a loner.
In fact, Andrew had been sitting by himself during lunch breaks for the past four years.
Kirby often prayed her son would make a new friend. Luckily, her prayers were answered when some kind souls made themselves known.
On Aug. 20, 2018, the first day of school, as usual, Kirby texted Andrew asking if he was alone during lunch. Strangely, he didn’t reply.
But when Andrew got in his mom’s car after school, he told her excitedly: “Mom, I didn’t eat alone! Some student council members asked me and 3 others eating alone to come sit with them, and said we could eat with them again tomorrow too!”
These students’ friendly attitude meant the world to Andrew and his mother.
“This is a SHOUT OUT to the Boiling Springs High School Student Council. These students may not have thought this was a big deal, but it was an answer to prayer and a great encouragement for Andrew. THANK YOU to those students, you made a difference today!” Kirby wrote on Facebook.
With friends, Andrew’s life in high school is going to be easier, and more fun! On a recent weekend, he even attended a movie night with his new friends.
“It makes me feel happy that I can eat with people,” Andrew told FOX Carolina.
Speaking to FOX News, Kirby said. “This has given him confidence. He wants to go to school now.”
This uplifting story eventually caught the attention of U.S. Senator Tim Scott.
In a video, Scott praised the students for their kind deed.
“There is an old scripture that says stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves—and one of the ways that can happen is at a lunchroom table,” Scott said. “You took the time to make them feel special.”
Sitting alone during lunch can be uncomfortably lonely for kids, and not just kids, but adults too.
Do you know of anyone who could do with a little company over a meal? Perhaps you too could be that warm and friendly person in their life, even if only for 30 minutes. You never know how meaningful reaching out could be to some people.