Toddlers who want to get their way can be pretty impossible to deal with, especially when they choose to assert their power in a public place. But this one tantrum, which took place in (where else?) the toy aisle at Target, has a happy ending… and now the whole Internet’s buzzing about it.
Megan Shufflebarger was shopping at a Target store in Indiana with her children when her daughter Kinley, about to turn 3, spotted a doll she wanted and began loudly demanding it. As her mom tried to explain that they weren’t shopping for toys that day, her stubborn daughter wouldn’t let up–and other shoppers began to overhear.
One such shopper was Tario Fuller II, a student and football player at Purdue University, who couldn’t help but notice Kinley’s distress. Suddenly, Fuller walked away from the toy aisle–and came back moments later with a big surprise: that same doll, in a shopping bag, which he had purchased for Kinley. He handed the unexpected gift to the toddler and wished her a very happy birthday.
“I was speechless initially, and had to ask him after he left the aisle if he would come back for a photo,” Shufflebarger told ABC News. “I didn’t realize until we got to the car that I didn’t even know his name.”
Mom posted the photo of Tario and Kinley at Target on her Facebook page, and within hours was able to track him down.
“I hope our children remember this for years to come and remember what it means to truly ‘pay it forward,'” Shufflebarger added.
We love how one small act meant an unforgettable birthday for a young girl, and a wonderful lesson for all of us.