Plenty of people say they would put their life on the line to save someone they care about, but they rarely get the chance to prove it. Well, six-year-old Bridger Walker had that very opportunity when a dog tried to attack his sister, and he ended up saving her life. The boy’s heroics earned him a wealth of praise, with Hollywood actor Chris Evans even offering him a special gift as a reward.
Her Brave Big Brother
Bridger’s actions first came to light in mid-July when his aunt posted about his bravery on Instagram. She revealed that he’d stood between his sister and a charging dog in an effort to protect her. His actions earned him some nasty bites, but the pair were able to get away safely. At that moment, the boy apparently felt that if someone should lose their life, it was him.
A Special Video Message
Walker’s aunt tagged several actors in her post to bring attention to her son’s bravery. These included Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., and Mark Ruffalo, all of whom are known for playing superheroes on the big screen. Chris Evans was also tagged, and when he saw what had happened, he filmed a video message for Bridger. In it, he praised the boy for being “so brave, so selfless,” and told him to “hang in there” with his recovery.
As if that message wasn’t enough, Evans also promised to send Bridger an authentic Captain America shield so he could feel like even more of a hero. Other celebrities surprised the boy with equally special gifts, with Holland inviting him to the set of his next Spider-Man movie. Downey Jr., meanwhile, told him to call on his next birthday because he had “something special” for him.
We love watching our favorite superheroes on the big screen, so it’s nice to see the actors acknowledge a real-life hero at work.
A Family Receives Two Basketball Hoops After Striking A Chord With Their Community
Being a single mother with eight kids can’t be easy. However, Joice Wolter manages it without a complaint. That’s why her children wanted to get her a special gift for her birthday, and why her community ended up celebrating her in the best way possible.
Earning Some Extra Money
Everything started when Joice’s youngest children, Darius and Kobe, began mowing the neighboring lawns. The boys were hoping to earn enough cash from their jobs to buy their mom a personalized birthday gift. Even though the duo is only nine and eleven, they worked hard to show their mother how much they loved her. The local community took note of that and realized that the family deserved something special in return.
An Incredible Gift
Appreciative of how hard the kids were working, neighbor Preston Mortier decided to get them a basketball hoop for Christmas. He put the word out on social media, and within a few days, one was delivered courtesy of Jason Van’t Hullenaar. The owner of Heritage Honda apparently sympathized with Wolter’s family because he’d had a relatively poor upbringing, so he wanted to do something nice for them. Meanwhile, another local family bought the kids jerseys and shoes, so they could toss a ball around like proper basketball players.
Struck Down In A Storm
Joice and her kids were grateful to Mortier, his roommates, and Van’t Hullenaar for their kindness. Unfortunately, the family’s happiness later turned to devastation when the basketball hoop was damaged by stormy weather. Luckily, when the businessman discovered what had happened, he had no qualms with buying the family a replacement hoop. He was glad that he could make them smile again, and he knew that that was worth so much more than anything in his bank account.
Acts of kindness like this remind us that the world is filled with amazing people willing to show compassion, even for those they don’t know.