Written by: Joe Fiduccia
January 8th was one of the coldest mornings we’ve had so far this winter in northeast Pennsylvania. Wind chills were -20, and schools had a delayed opening. And that’s when young Ryan Fiduccia decided to do a random act of kindness for the people who do so much, and yet get so little in return.
While eating breakfast that morning, Ryan started thinking about how cold it was outside and how he couldn’t imagine what it would be like to work in such frigid temperatures. I reminded him that there are many people who make a living every day in the unbearable cold, naming police officers and construction workers as an example. It then dawned on him that his school crossing guards were part of that work force.
Without hesitation, Ryan asked if we could do a random act of kindness for them, to which I happily obliged. So before leaving for school, he decided we should make several cups of hot chocolate for the crossing guards and deliver it to them on our way in.
So Ryan prepared a handful of cups and got everything ready. We drove to his school and offered each of the crossing guards a cup to help keep them warm. Taken by surprise, they clearly didn’t know how to respond. So they simply thanked young Ryan for his generosity and went about their day. Little Ryan even brought a cup in for his teacher.
And that is why today: we would like to give special recognition to Ryan Fiduccia, whose random act of kindness is one that should inspire ALL of us to pay it forward.