Dad Shares 11-Year-Old Son’s Act Of Kindness Towards Stranger With Amputated Legs

Blanton O’neal took to Facebook to share an awe-inspiring moment involving his 11-year-old son, Sean.

Blanton O’neal

The incident occurred while they were at a gas station, and Sean had gone back to the car before his father. Blanton noticed his son walking towards a man in a wheelchair, and he watched in amazement as Sean offered to help the man.

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Blanton’s post reflects on the innocence and selflessness of children and how adults have forgotten to view the world through their eyes. He highlights the importance of helping others and making a positive impact on the world. Sean’s actions touched Blanton and inspired him to share the moment with others.


Blanton’s post serves as a reminder that small acts of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s day. It’s easy to become so focused on our own lives that we forget to look out for others. Sean’s simple act of offering to help a stranger in need shows us that we can all make a difference.

There is still goodness in the world, and it’s up to each of us to keep that goodness alive. We can all make a positive impact on the world. We should strive to view the world through the eyes of a child and act with kindness towards others. One small act of kindness can inspire others and create a ripple effect of positivity.

Read the post below:

“Yesterday, as (my son) Sean and I traveled to NC for his soccer tourney we pulled off at a small gas station for a drink.

While I paid, I gave Sean the keys so he could head back out to the car.

It took me a little while to checkout and as I exited the store, I noticed Sean’s door opened and he was walking away from my car towards a man in a wheelchair.

He was an older African American gentleman, with amputated legs and appeared “homeless”.

My first reaction, sadly, was:
“Oh crap! He is hitting Sean up for money and has called him over.”

But as I walked closer Sean had clearly had a short conversation with the man, turned around and headed back to the car.

So I did the same. As I entered the car, I asked him what that was all about. “Nothing Dad. I just was asking if he needed help.

He said no thanks, that he was fine but thanked me for asking.

See, at first glance I didn’t even notice that the gentleman was attempting to cross a gravel parking lot, full of potholes, in a wheelchair using only his hands.

I didn’t notice that my 11yo child was man enough to see this in the mirror of my car, drop his electronics he was playing, get out and offer to help the guy.

As we began to leave Sean asked if we could give the man some money.
We pulled up beside him and I asked if he could use a few bucks.

He said:
“No thank you, I’m fine.
Your son was a real gentleman and gave me all I needed today. God Bless. ”

We rolled up the window and began to drive off.
Out of the corner of my eye I saw Sean wave at him and he waved back with a huge smile on his face.

Would I have gotten out of the car and done the same?

I don’t post this looking for any praise for Sean.
I post this to expose a real nastiness we have in our world.
We spew such bile and hatred on every news channel, every Facebook post, every tweet.

It’s not a right or left thing.
We all do it.
We have forgotten to look at the world through the eyes of a child.

Sean wasn’t looking for praise for what he did.
He didn’t even know I would see it.
He just saw a man that he thought needed help.

If we all just stopped once a day and tried to make one person smile.
One stranger stop and think “hey, that was nice”.
Could we make real change?

As I said, this was a post that would paint a poor picture of my judgment.
But don’t many of us have the same reactions many times?

Maybe it’s just me.
Maybe I’m the one that needs to change.
I just pray the world doesn’t change this kid.

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