POSITRACTION: Toy Panda For A Little Boy



Workers Buy Toy Panda For Little Boy After Seeing Pleading Note Scribbled on Box
by McKinley Corbley – Jun 29, 2017 

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This little boy couldn’t bear to part with a toy panda that he saw in a store – but thanks to the kindhearted employees, they weren’t separated for very long.

10-year-old Leon Ashworth and his mother Debbie were browsing the shelves of the Asda supermarket in Liverpool when Leon first spotted “Pandy”: a fuzzy little stuffed panda bear that cost less than $10.

Debbie, who works as an intensive care nurse, reluctantly told Leon that she couldn’t afford to buy him the panda until she received her paycheck the next week.

“I’m always in the store and a week ago I came in to pick up some essentials. Leon spotted this panda – he just seemed drawn to it and said ‘mummy can I please have this panda?’” said Debbie. “I explained to him that I didn’t have enough money – it was just before payday, you know what it’s like. So I told him we would come back next week after I’d been paid and get it as long as he was a good boy.”

Heartbroken, Leon then placed Pandy in a cardboard box and scribbled a note on the front in pencil.

“He then put the panda in the box and put it back on the shelf,” explained the mother. “I didn’t actually see what he’d written at that time. I didn’t think much more about it and I just thought someone would take it out of the box and put it back on sale.”

The note read: “My mum didn’t have enough money to buy me Pandy so she’s buying me Pandy on 15th June so please don’t buy him as it will make me cry. Thank you so much from Hopeful Future Owner.”

Later that day, the store’s section leader David Bateman saw the note – and he was moved to take action, along with the rest of the employees.

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You just have to have empathy. Is it a big “save”? No. But not everything has to be “monumental”. Just make the world a kinder and gentler place.

Hopefully, we can all do more and better things, but, in this case, a $10 “pandy” was enough to make a little boy happy.

It did me too.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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