When high school student Yaovi Mawuli, a senior, witnessed Jared Newby, a sophomore, being bullied over his old, ratty shoes, he decided to spread some holiday cheer.
Mawuli brought in a brand new pair of shoes for Jared. Not just any shoes—Nike “Concord” Air Jordan 11 lows.
He did not, however, want to gift them to his classmate under the impression that he felt bad for him.
According to KFOR,
“Jared’s a smart guy. He comes to class, he doesn’t bother anybody. He does his work all the time,” Yaovi Mawuli said.
During French class, a student began to make fun of Jared’s old shoes.
“When he started talking about it, it just saddened me,” Yaovi said.
“They hurt because of the grit, which I had to stand on because the soles on the inside had popped out,” Jared said.
Yaovi is known for his stylish taste in shoes.
He says he buys and trades different shoes online to add to his collection.
“So I decided to just give a pair of shoes that I had in Jared’s size to him,” Yaovi said.
Posting on the Greensboro Sneakerheads Facebook page, Mawuli said,
“I spotted a kid in my french (sic) class earlier today at school with these (the worn-out shoes) on only because this other guy was making fun of him. So I’m planning on giving him a pair of concord lows (sic), now my question is how do I present it to him without him feeling like I feel sorry for him? I’m just trying to help a brother out.”
The next day, Mawuli took the shoes to the school counselor, who then called Jared to her office.
The two then took this photo together.
It was a simple act of kindness that was powerful enough to forge a new friendship. Some may call this the ultimate Christmas spirit. Others will say that it is an example of human kindness and decency.
“I don’t think this is something big, I think this is something small. It’s something everybody should be doing every day. We can make the world a better place just by doing the small stuff,” Yaovi said. “If you give back, that’s the only way you can get blessed. The Word said just help others out and you’ll get exactly what you gave back. Whenever you have a chance to give, just give to somebody else beside yourself.”
Mawuli is one amazing kid. His family should be very proud of the young man he has become.