A New Jersey mom took to Facebook last week to share her heartwarming story thanking a group of teens who went out of their way to teach her autistic son how to ride a skateboard at a local park.
"You would never know by looking at him," Kristen Braconi shared on Facebook last week, but her 5-year-old Carter "has high functioning autism and ADHD."
On March 26th Braconi took her son Carter out on his birthday to ride his scooter at the skate park behind the police station in South Brunswick, NJ. when a group of locals teens showed up.
Carter was "really nervous" riding around the older kids and wanted to go home when the group went out of their way to include Carter and show him how to ride a skateboard.
"They were absolutely amazing with him and included him and were so beyond kind it brought me to tears," Braconi wrote. "One of the kids gave him a mini skateboard and taught him how to use it. I can't even begin to thank these kids for being so kind and showing him how wonderful people can be to complete strangers."
As the teens sang Happy Birthday to Carter and showed him how to ride his new board, Braconi captured video of the the heartwarming encounter which she later shared on her community's Facebook page.
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In an interview with South Brunswick news outlet Patch, Braconi says Carter was so happy that days later he is still watching the video.
"They made him feel so special," said Braconi. "After they included him, his whole demeanor changed. He seems more confident now and I think more comfortable to be at the park. Hopefully he will feel like he can be more social."
Braconi and Carter eventually left the park but returned shortly with ice cream as a way of thanking the teens.
Braconi ended her post saying "Thank you to whoever these children are and thank you to their parents because you are doing a wonderful job!!!"
The post has since gone viral and users across social media were touched by the heartwarming story.
@CNN Thats just awesome... https://t.co/NZTMMbVROZ— The Crapper (@The Crapper)1554219309.0
@CNN Warms my heart.— Carolyn (@Carolyn)1554220759.0
@CNN @mtlkeith Everyone benefits from this 💙 this is where we all need to get to soon 💙— thebaffledking (@thebaffledking)1554224612.0
@CNN https://t.co/dFr7JNDDSJ— Eric L. (@Eric L.)1554272804.0
@CNN https://t.co/y1c196zjoh— Tiffany Marie (@Tiffany Marie)1554224542.0
And others joined Braconi in praising the teens for the kindness shown in going out of their way to include Carter.
@CNN https://t.co/U4WEBn61R5— Sunil Sunder Raj (@Sunil Sunder Raj)1554216807.0
@CNN Skateboarding is life!!! Great job guys!!— Bobby Holcomb (@Bobby Holcomb)1554255003.0
Now the the South Brunswick Police Department is hoping to find the group of teens in order to throw them a pizza party.
LOOKING TO FIND SOME SUPERHEROES - On Tuesday some older kids turned into superheroes right behind police headquart… https://t.co/3XYfTi3veT— So Brunswick PD (@So Brunswick PD)1553775394.0
He was in the park on a scooter, some older kids showed up. The older kids went out of the way to include the 5 yea… https://t.co/k7GpQTciTr— So Brunswick PD (@So Brunswick PD)1553775395.0
These kids showed the care and compassion of Superheroes. We want to throw them a little pizza party to recognize t… https://t.co/OdxPqBlDHV— So Brunswick PD (@So Brunswick PD)1553775396.0
It just goes to show that a little kindness can go a very long way.
@SoBrunswickPD Thank you to all involved, great group of kids and cheers to all those who recognized them.— braddipadova (@braddipadova)1554132642.0