A Utah teen did not want any girl at his high school to feel left out of Valentine’s Day, so he bought all 900 of them a flower.
“So I did a thing today. Today I passed out 900 carnations, one to every girl at [Sky View High School] and it was totally worth it. I don't think anything can compare to seeing every girl in your life holding a flower as they walk through the halls,” Hayden Godfrey wrote in a Feb. 12 Facebook post with multiple images of the flowers.
His kindness was well-received by Facebook users, as his post has received nearly 17,500 likes and more than 6,000 shares since Feb. 11.
"All through middle school I'd never really had a valentine," Hayden Godfrey explained to KSL. "I'd seen a lot of heartbreak over the years, and I wanted to kind of devote myself to kindness each year."
In past years, Godfrey has purchased flowers for each female member of the drama club, but this year he wanted to do more.
"I wanted to make as many people happy as possible," Godfrey said. "And this year, I was finally in a position where I could do that."
Godfrey saved money from each paycheck for more than a year so he could pay for the flowers. He chose carnations and got them at a discounted rate, .50 cents per flower for a total of $450.
School administrators allowed Godfrey to make a campus-wide announcement about the flowers and he handed them out near the end of the day.
"As we were leaving to go home, every single girl had her flower," sophomore Rachael Williams said. "It just made everyone's day, I think."
Godfrey didn’t give out the flowers with the hope of securing a Valentine himself because he already has one.
"I think it was sweet," Godfrey’s Valentine Lilyan Sharp said. "I've never seen something like that done before."
"I've been kind of hanging around like, 'He's mine!' Haha. 'Sorry, he's taken!'" Sharp said, laughing.
Godfrey said he finds kindness special about Valentine’s Day.
“Not the lovey-dovey romantic stuff. It’s more about trying to better society.”