A Grinch caused a lot of misery to a California high school student, just a few weeks from Christmas. Fortunately, the Christmas spirit won.
Shawn Hawkins, an Antioch High School student, had his beloved Nintendo 3DS XL stolen by someone. The game was gifted to him by his late grandmother, so obviously, it held a lot of sentimental value for him as well.
In obvious distress, the teen put up messages on the school’s notice board saying the game was very special to him and begged the thief to return his Nintendo. He also said he would not report him to the school administration if he did so. However, his thief did not take heed to his pleas — but someone else did.
Shawna Cantiliano and her friend Piper Stowe saw the message and were touched by the emotions in it. So they decided to raise money to replace their schoolmate’s lost console. Cantiliano and Stowe’s efforts caught the attention of a history teacher who helped them to buy the Nintendo.
“My teacher said she’d buy it!” Cantiliano said. “She said to raise whatever donations I can and she’d just pay the difference.”
The two managed to raise $200 and chose to gift the new console to the young man in front of the class.
“So, me and my friends saw what happened on the whiteboard you put up there. We took it upon ourselves to donate all this money towards a new 3DS for you,” said Cantiliano to Hawkins.
The teen seemed to be in shock as he looked in disbelief at the console in Cantiliano’s hand. He then suddenly burst into a smile and instead of reaching for the game, grabbed the 16-year-old girl in a big bear hug before bursting into tears.
Kissing Cantiliano on the cheek, the grateful teen thanked her and called her an angel from god.
The heart-touching video has garnered over 235,000 views on Facebook. Viewers have praised Cantiliano and her friends for their kind actions. But she has written they were “just trying to do a selfless act.”
“I’m all kinds of shook and so happy that all of you are so moved by our actions,” she wrote.
The Grinch may have tried to steal Christmas from Hawkins but the spirit of Christmas will always win.
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