FedEx Driver Buys And Delivers New Basketball And Hoop For Boy In Random Act Of Kindness

By kncipat on November 20, 2020
Photo By Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post via Getty Images

New Trenton, Indiana is a small town. I mean, we’re talking really small. Population 252. People live in prefab houses and trailers. That’s where Elijah Wheeler lives. He looks to be 8 or 9. The one thing Elijah loves more than anything is shooting baskets. He has a beat up basketball and an even more beat up, bent, rusty hoop. His mom and dad come out and shoot baskets with Elijah when they can but most of the time it’s just Elijah.

Elijah’s mom posted a story that’s gone viral and started it with this, “I’m really not sure where to begin. Dan (her husband) and I come home from working. I didn’t even see a new basketball hoop for Elijah in the yard.” A new basketball hoop? Out of nowhere? This kind of thing just doesn’t happen especially in a tiny working town like New Trenton. There was also a brand new basketball still in its box on their front porch. Attached was this note, “Just wanted you and your son to have the best hoop that’ll grow with him and all his friends. It’s wonderful that you guys shoot hoops with him.” And there was a second note attached to the brand new hoop. “Wasn’t sure if you wanted sand or water in the base so you’ll need a good amount of weight to keep it from tipping over.  Take care, Aubrey….just one of the Fed Ex drivers in your area.”   Elijah told his mom he knew exactly who Aubrey was and immediately began to cry. He helped assemble the hoop and played well into the night. The other thing Elijah did was to write Aubrey a heartfelt thank you letter. Elijah’s mom ended her post by saying, “This is such an awesome amazing thing she did out of the kindness of her heart. Thank you Aubrey. You made his day. Can’t wait to see you come through. I owe you a world of thanks.”  A couple of days later she added this, “UPDATE: came home yesterday to sandbags to put in the base. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. God Bless you Aubrey.”