A 13-year-old Kentucky girl has captured hearts for helping a young boy out while he was being bullied on her birthday, April 10.
Shaylynn Hampton spotted the boy after he showed up at a children's basketball game in the neighborhood and started getting bullied, WDRB reports. The boy was only identified as Richard and is thought to be around 8 or 9 years old.
"I didn't know him at all," she told reporters, according to WDRB. "The little boys playing -- before he had gotten here -- were making fun of his shoes because they were not what you would call designer."
"His shoes were like coming apart on the bottom and stuff, like flipped back," Jamal Bibb, Shaylynn's stepbrother, added.
Despite not knowing who the boy, Shaylynn -- who turned 13 that very day -- selflessly sought to help the child.
"I felt bad," she said, "because when I was his age, I got made fun of and I didn't like that. So to stop that feeling for someone else, it made me feel good."
So she surprised the boy while he took a break, handing him a spare pair of $200 Lebron James sneakers.
"They were clean and like brand new," she said. "I didn't have anything to use them for."
Jackie Workman, Shaylynn's mother, said she was stunned by her daughter’s act of generosity.
"When she came out of the bedroom, she had a box of shoes in her hand," Workman said. "I was like, 'What are you doing with those?' And she was like, 'They're making fun of a little boy outside, mom, and he's got holes in his shoes.'"
Shaylynn said the boy was thrilled to receive her gift.
"He was just happy and surprised that somebody would actually care that much," she said.
Workman said she hopes her daughter's act of kindness will inspire others.
"I think that there's still good in the world," she said.