GOOD VIBES - 12-Year-Old's Act Of Kindness For Disabled Man Inspires Others

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A 12-year-old Ohio boy was riding his bike home from football practice when he spotted someone in need of help and stopped to offer it. Raymond Butler saw Gary Barnes, whose right leg is amputated below the knee, sitting on his mobility scooter using his lawn mower to mow his yard. Raymond offered to do it for free and Gary says, “It was just a flat-out general act of kindness that he bestowed on me.”

Since then, they’ve bonded and the seventh-grader continues to come over and help with the yard and odd jobs and the two go fishing twice a week. Gary has nine kids and three great-grandkids and says Raymond feels like another grandchild to him. He posted about the seventh-grader’s good deed on Facebook and got hundreds of positive comments from the community of Alliance, Ohio.

Raymond also lives with his grandparents, who don’t have a car, so he rides his bike the 10-miles to get to practice, and Gary noticed that he could also use some new clothes for school. So he started a GoFundMe to pay for it and donations have been rolling in, more than $2-thousand so far. Gary’s wife is going to take Raymond shopping, and they plan to donate the extra money to help kids in need.

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