Here’s a story guaranteed to melt the coldest of jaded hearts.
A teenager from Utah, in the USA has spent the last 18 months working three jobs just so he could afford to give a flower to every single girl at his school on Valentine’s Day.
Hayden Godfrey, a 17 year old at Sky View High School, says he got the idea from seeing how upsetting Valentine’s Day was for girls who didn’t receive anything, especially when some other were flooded with gifts. So he personally made sure that all 834 girls he went to school with had a reason to smile on February 14th.
In order to make his heart warming idea a reality, Hayden worked three separate jobs; washing dishes at a Mexican restaurant, working as a cook at McDonald’s and packing groceries at the local supermarket. It took him almost a year and a half to save up $450, enough to purchase 900 single flowers.
Once he tallied up his savings, Hayden put his plan into action and submitted his order via an online florist three weeks before the big day.
With the help of 20 of his friends, Hayden spent the few days leading up to Valentine’s Day cutting back and preparing each stem so that it was just right for it’s recipient.
Assistant Principal, Curt Hanks, was also in on the plan.
He assisted Hayden with enrolment numbers to make sure that no one was left out of the surprise and allowed class disruptions in order for the floral deliveries. “I think he is an amazing kid,” Hanks said to ABC News. “I’m speechless at his actions.”
A true romantic, I think we can all agree?
While Hayden’s gesture may have ladies lining up to be his one and only, one lucky girl already holds that title. Lilyan Sharp, Hayden’s real life Valentine, says that she was 100 per cent behind his idea “I, myself, spent a lot of Valentine’s Day’s not receiving anything,” she told ABC News. “I know how it feels.”
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On a day which possesses the potential to be very upsetting for some, Lilyan says Hayden’s gesture made sure every girl at school left with a smile on her face. Hayden simply says “It’s something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life."
It seems that Hayden actually has a history of wanting to make other people smile on V-Day. In previous years he has anonymously sent flowers to his friends but this year, he chose to step things up a notch. He told ABC News that his goal was “To make as many people as possible” happy.
In a February 14th Facebook post uploaded after his plan had come to fruition, Hayden simply said “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.”
All together now… Awwwwwwww.