A man and his wife were at a shopping mall one recent evening purchasing a few cards for Christmas. They were accompanied by their two young children, a girl in kindergarten and a boy who was still a wee toddler. The daughter looked up at her parents and told them that she had to visit Build-a-Bear to make a donation. The father, totally confused, asked her what she meant.
The daughter responded by telling him that they were gathering bears at school for purposes of making a donation. The father then understood and told her that they would go to Target later on to purchase an inexpensive bear to donate. The daughter said no and said that she had to purchase a quality bear from the store Build-a-Bear. An inexpensive bear simply wouldn’t cut it. The father reluctantly agreed but said they’d go check the store for any good sales. He said he wasn’t willing to fork over much for the donation.
The family arrived at Build-a-Bear a little later and then proceeded to select the tiniest and most inexpensive teddy bear that was available to them. The father then said to the daughter that they were not going to purchase attire for the bear. He then finally asked her what exactly the donation’s cause was. The little girl responded by saying that her school was bringing teddy bears to the children who were going to be in the hospital for the holiday season.
She said that the donation was intended for the children who wouldn’t be lucky enough to receive toys for the holidays. The girl said that it was crucial and that she truly wanted to purchase a bear for these less fortunate youngsters. She even told her father that he didn’t have to use his own money. She offered to pay for the bear on her own. She told her dad that he could retrieve the cash from the amount that’s sitting in her piggy bank. At that time, the father was struggling not to sob in front of his family. He then switched the inexpensive teddy bear he initially picked up for a standard teddy bear that was a more standard price. His daughter then happily assisted an employee of the shop in constructing the bear.
Once she was done, she told her father. She also reminded him that he denied apparel for the bear earlier. The father told his daughter to select any bear apparel her heart desired. When they were finally making their purchase, the girl used the father’s credit card to pay. She said that she had to swipe the card due to the fact that she was going to offer him cash from her piggy bank. She stated that the bear was intended for hospitalized children. This then caused the father to cry to himself again.
Although he stated to his daughter that the bear cost $10, it in reality was more than that. Since she truly wanted to pay the amount, he allowed her the chance to do so. The father believed that paying the amount would provide his daughter with a true feeling of achievement and success. His goal, however, was to figure out what he could do to return her money back to her. The father had never in the past been filled with more pride toward his daughter than he was at that time. She truly displayed a sense of generosity and compassion that was impressive for her very young age. He was absolutely floored by the incredible actions of his kind and giving little girl.