Six-year-old Jaden Hayes been through every child’s worst nightmare twice, but has made it his goal to bring smiles. Jaden’s father died when he was four, and then his mother died unexpectedly in her sleep. He was heartbroken and alone, but decided to use his grief in a positive way. He told his aunt and guardian that he was tired of seeing everyone sad all the time, and he had a plan to fix it. Jaden asked his aunt to buy a bunch of little toys and take him to downtown Savannah, Georgia near where he lives. He targeted people who were not smiling and turned their day around by giving them a toy. Jaden says he has been out four times and is always successful even if he doesn’t get exactly the reaction he is hoping for. The only thing he wants in return is a smile. Jaden says he is sad that his mother died, but his goal is to bring as many smiles as he can. His first goal is 33,000 smiles, and when asked if he can make the goal, Jaden said, “I think I can.”—Jim L. Wilson and by Jim Sandell
After losing parents, 6-year-old embarks on smile mission, By Steve Hartman, http://www.local12.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/After-losing-parents-6-year-old-embarks-on-smile-mission-183132.shtml, Accessed August 10, 2015.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NASB) “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.”