After hearing about the shooting at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, JJ Witmer was afraid and he knew others would be feeling that way, too. The 11-year-old from nearby Brighton, Colorado, wanted to do something for people who may be struggling, so he and his mom went to grocery stores and passed out flowers to employees hard at work the day after the shooting.
“I just knew that they were going to be a little bit scared to go to work that day, so that’s why I decided to hand out flowers,” JJ explains. Plus, he says, “Flowers make people happy and smile.”
The fifth-grader handed out around 80 flowers with help from his mom and he says their reactions ranged from fist bumps to real hugs. One woman burst into tears when she got her flower and JJ says, “It was, I think, the best reaction that I received.” He also offers this advice for anyone thinking about doing a good deed: “Take action. Don’t think about doing it - do it.”
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