Romello Early and Melvin Anderson, twelve-year-old boys, were seventh-grade students at Buffalo Creek Academy Charter School in New York. Despite their differences, they were good friends.
Melvin was tall and shy, while Romello was small and sociable.
Melvin was being bullied because he wore a worn-out pair of sneakers to school. Romello, also known as Mello, couldn’t stand his classmates making fun of Melvin anymore and decided to always support his classmate and help him in any way he could.
Romello decided to talk to his mother so she could accompany him to a store to buy a pair of shoes for his friend with his own savings. His mother was touched by her son’s generosity, and they went together to search for the sneakers.
With a pair of black and white Nike Dunks tennis shoes that cost $135, Romello waited for Melvin at the school’s entrance to give him the gift before classes.
Melvin was very surprised but happy to receive the gift. The grateful boy even said he would pay Romello back as soon as he could, but Mello categorically refused, stating that it was a gift from the heart.
This act of generosity became very popular when the school’s dean of culture, Bryant Brown, saw the shoebox on Melvin’s desk and, upon learning the story, appreciated the teenager’s selfless gesture.
Thanks to Mr. Brown, the story of the boy who spent his savings to support his friend was broadcast by an American television channel and went viral on the internet.
Mello’s behavior did not go unnoticed, as a store rewarded the boys with two gift cards so they could get two more pairs of shoes for free from their store.
The gesture of this kind boy touched the hearts of users since he decided to spend his own savings to buy a pair of shoes for his friend so that he would no longer be ridiculed.