They were out trick-or-treating on Halloween when they decided to donate some candies for other little kids.
In a world where taking is easier than giving and the current global climate is gripped with sorrow, this Halloween the younger generation showed a ray of kindness and hope. A group of teenagers in Redmond, Oregon proved that it takes something as small as candy to practice the art of giving before taking. A ring camera at a house caught three teenage girls replenishing the empty candy bowl instead of walking away from it, per Central Oregon Daily News.
After their trip of trick-or-treating, homeowner Jennifer Wyckoff and her daughter Layla Glover decided to watch their ring camera footage together to see the different costumes that this year’s Halloween brought to their doorsteps. To their heart-warming surprise, they found an act of kindness behind the costumes of three bald businessmen. The daughter Layla shared, “On our camera, I saw them come up to the house, there was no candy there. They said ‘Oh, let’s donate some to the bowl.’ There were some other kids walking up and they told them ‘Hey, come give some candy to this bowl, there’s none left.'”
The candy bowl in reference had a note pinned to it that read, “Sorry we missed you! Be kind and only take a few pieces. We know it’s tempting to want more but leaving some for others is appreciated.” However, being ‘kind’ had a different meaning for the teen trio who, upon finding an empty candy bowl, decided to part with some of their share of candy and put them in the empty bowl in front of them. Samantha Sale, one of the teenagers from that night shared what it was that made them act as givers rather than takers, “We see the teenagers running around especially later at night taking the candy, and then all of the little kids who still want more candy when there’s none left in the bowl, it just makes you want to give more.”
This small act of goodwill had a domino effect and soon after other trick-or-treaters who were present at that moment, followed the girls in refilling the candy bowl. In the spirit of the holiday season, Eden Anspach shared her thoughtful perspective about the situation, “Me getting three pieces of candy isn’t going to do anything for me, but it might do something for somebody else who didn’t get a lot of candy. And if they’re little and they get candy, it’s gonna be a bigger deal to them than it would be to me.” Isabella Oris also expressed how “it feels really good” to watch other people as well wanting to do “nice things."
Although the three bald businessmen shared just some of their “candy," the act sends out a bigger message than just refilling an empty bowl. It reflects the hope of the upcoming generation taking small steps to make the world a better place. It also gives the generation before them a lesson in always leaving behind a bit of ‘goodness’ everywhere you go, even if you don’t find some in a bowl for yourself.