Thanks to the kindness of a stranger, a Nebraska second-grader no longer has to walk four miles a day to attend school.
Kim Bellus and her son, Gabe, trekked 45 minutes each way to and from his school every day, because state law prohibited a bus to pick him up, reports KMTV (video below).
“I’m kind of tired," Gabe told the news station of the four mile walks. "I'm really tired when I get back."
Kim, a stay-at home mom and full-time student, cannot afford a car, and state law prevents school buses from picking up students who live less than four miles from their school.
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With no other options readily available, they walked, "which is no problem at this point," Bellus said, but "it's going to be a problem once the winds are 30 below."
KMTV aired the local news story approximately a week and a half ago, when the Bellus family began their long walk.
Then a stranger did something amazing.
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Becky Novotny said she drove by the family and remembered something she had seen on TV earlier.
“I pulled over and said, 'Ma'am are you just the one from the news?'” Novotny said.
They were. Novotny wanted to help.
“I took them home," she said. "We set up the deal where I’d come get him and drop him off every day so he doesn't have to walk."
Stay-at-home mom Novotny has a child attending Gabe's school, and the two are reportedly becoming fast friends.
"I have three kids. If I was in the same situation, I think I want someone to help me," Novotny said. "It's small town. You're there for everybody."
“I had nowhere else to turn," Bellus added of Novotny's offer. "I tried with the school. I tried with the administration. I tried particularly with the school itself, so I greatly appreciate you guys' help."
Gabe has reportedly now joined the Boy Scouts with his new friends, and he even has a ride to troop meetings.
Carriage Hill Elementary's demographics consist of 42 percent "economically disadvantaged" kids, according to National Blue Ribbon Schools, so it is unlikely that the Bellus family is the only one without a car who lives within four miles of the school. Hopefully, other low-income families are able to find other parents as kind as Novotny.