"He renewed the faith that there are still some good people out there," the homeowner Leslie Hodges remarked.
The video of an adorable young trick-or-treater's generosity has got netizens melting into a puddle of all kinds of warm and mushy feelings as they come down from their Halloween sugar highs. The viral video features a little boy dressed in a vampire costume walk up to a Maryland home only to be faced with a trick-or-treater's worst nightmare: no candy. The self-serve candy bowl the owners had left on the porch had been cleaned out by those who'd got there before him and the surveillance camera outside the home caught the heartwarming moment the young boy decided to do something that'll restore your faith in humanity.
The 24-second video was posted online by homeowner Leslie Hodges who, according to The Washington Post, wanted to take her 3-year-old daughter trick-or-treating on Thursday. However, since her husband Kevin—a Prince George's County firefighter—had to work, she decided to leave a big bowl of candy on a table near her front door for the neighborhood kids and headed out with her daughter. While the pair were out, Kevin, kept watch over the house and its Halloween visitors through their Nest security camera footage and was pleasantly surprised by the actions of a young boy dressed as a vampire.
The 24-second video shows the little boy, who was later identified as 8-year-old Jackson Champagne, peers into the bowl to see that it's empty. "All gone. There is no more candy!" Jackson can be heard saying in the video as he realizes that the kids coming behind him wouldn't be able to help themselves to some treats. The little champ then leans down into his own Halloween bag and pulls out two handfuls of candy to refill the bowl so that the trick-or-treaters coming behind him wouldn't have to leave empty-handed.
His aunt, who walked up behind in, responds, "Aww, that was really nice, Jackson!" as the generous trick-or-treater proudly exclaims "There you go!" after refilling the bowl. Posting the heartwarming video on Facebook, Leslie wrote, "Caught this on our Nest camera…. this has got to give hope to everyone that there are still amazing people in this world. What a selfless act from this little guy! ❤️ Kudos to his parents!!! #imnotcrying." Since being posted on Thursday, the short clip has been viewed over 13 million times and shared over 426,000 times, and soon reached Jackson's parents.
The little boy's father Ty Champagne reached out to the Hodges after watching the video and although they offered to give Jackson more candy to let him "know how much he touched everyone," Champagne declined the offer. Leslie then asked if they could buy Jackson a gift card to his favorite store and the families have arranged to meet over the weekend so that they can give it to the little boy in person. "He renewed the faith that there are still some good people out there," said Leslie.
Champagne revealed that when he asked Jackson why he'd refilled the bowl with candy from his own bag, the boy replied, "For the kids after me." Gushing about his son, the proud father said, "That’s the type of kid Jackson is. He’s always giving. He’s a very sweet, kind and soft-spoken kid. I’ve never seen a moment where he acts out negatively toward humanity."