A schoolboy who stopped and asked to help carry a pensioner’s shopping bag has won the hearts of thousands.
The unnamed boy was on his way home from school when another parent, Emma Cope, 28 from Kingstanding, West Midlands, saw him approach and help the elderly man.
She was so moved by the touching moment that she took a photograph and posted it on Facebook to show off the boy’s kindness.
She also praised his parents and said that they ‘should be proud’ – with thousands of people agreeing with her online.
Facebook user Emma Cope posted this photo of a young schoolboy carrying a disabled elderly man’s shopping in Kingstanding, Birmingham
Emma shared how the schoolboy, despite carrying a heavy backpack of his own, volunteered to carry the elderly man’s shopping.
The act was made even more touching as Emma said the boy didn’t seem to know the pensioner.
The two could be seen walking side by side down the road in a heartwarming scene.
Emma admitted that she was moved by the boy’s kindly actions and shared the conversation she overheard between them.
The boy asked the pensioner: ‘Excuse me, do you need some help with your bag?’
And the surprised but delighted elderly man answered: ‘Oh yes please.’
Emma said they made their way down the road afterwards, with the boy slowing his speed to keep stride with the crutch-bearing man.
Emma said she was stunned by the photo and had to take a photo of the young boy helping the disabled pensioner get home
Emma told Mail Online: ‘I couldn’t believe it. I just had to take a photo.
‘The parents of this young man should be so proud as you have obviously brought up a polite and caring young lad.’
She added that the pensioner is regularly seen walking down that particular road, but it was the first time she’d ever seen the schoolboy.
The schoolboy’s kind deed triggered a wave of praise on social media, with thousands expressing their admiration for him and congratulating his parents for raising him properly.
Thousands of people responded to the photo, heaping praise on the young schoolboy for showing respect and helping the frail pensioner
Mike Smith wrote on Facebook: ‘Some kids are brought up correctly and some are dragged up. Well done young man. Your parents are doing a great job.’
Georgia Pierce commented: ‘Omg this is the cutest thing. Exactly how my kids will be raised.’
Bernadette Beglin-Mace added: ‘Respect to this little fella for showing respect to his elders.’
The photo has had 33 thousand reactions on Facebook, with another 16 thousands shares and more than three thousand comments.
A lot of people said that the young boy should be an example to other youngsters and praised his parents for raising him in the right way
Several people praised the young man’s parents and help him up as an example of how young people should show respect to their elders.
Amanda Louise said: ‘This should be the norm. Sadly it’s not and when it happens they are painted as a superhero. All kids should be taught respect and kindness.
‘This kid’s parent or parents are clearly raising him right!’
Nathan Bridge added: ‘About time we see a story about the generosity of young people. Shows that not all youngsters are that bad despite everything we read and hear on the news.
‘Well done kid, your family and friends should be proud of you’.