A U.S. Army Ranger made sure two boys in Alabama did not go hungry, and it was all caught on camera (video below).
On Jan. 26, Lt. Col. Robert Risdon Jr. went to a Mobile Taco Bell, as did Jason Gibson, football coach of the Columbus Lions, Huffington Post reports. Two boys, ages 9 and 13, entered the restaurant and were asking patrons if they would like to buy homemade sweets they had with them to support their local church.
Risdon and Gibson did not have any cash on them, but after discovering the boys had not eaten dinner and were hungry, the ranger bought them tacos.
Unbeknownst to Risdon, Gibson caught his act of kindness on camera, and later uploaded the video to Facebook.
“I was in a taco bell tonight when two kids came in trying to sell home made desserts for money,” Gibson wrote. “I over heard a soldier ask the kids if they were hungry and told them to follow him to the counter, he would buy them dinner. I had to video it and share. Our troops are always taking care of us. Thank u LTC Robert Risdon please please share this.”
The video has been viewed more than 785,000 times, and shared more than 19,000.
"I'm kinda embarrassed and humbled by the praise and don't need it," Risdon told The Huffington Post. "I am a believer that we live in the best country in the world with the best people and that acts of kindness happen every day."
Risdon not only bought the boys dinner, he also shared a friendly conversation with them — and was paid a huge complement.
"While eating his taco, [the 9-year-old] told me he wanted to be just like me someday and saluted me when he left the Taco Bell," he said.
Risdon feels his decision to feed the boys was “more of a reaction.”
"Helping them was an easy decision -- more of a reaction. They were cold, wet and hungry. They were great kids, very respectful and smart," Risdon said. "It was the least I could do for two young Americans. They were happy to get some chow for sure, and very thankful."
As an Army Ranger, Risdon felt it was his duty to help.
"I think I can best sum things up as to why I did it because of a creed I live up to every day -- the Ranger Creed," he said. "One line in the creed encapsulates I think why I helped, 'Never shall I fail my comrades.' [The boys] were my comrades...It was my DUTY to help them!"