When kids do something to help someone else simply because it's the right thing to do, it makes you feel good about life.
Tonight we've got one of those stories.
It begins at a tree nursery north of Sioux Falls....near the community of Renner.
One idea can make life a little better for other people you might not even know. For example, one afternoon Nick Bettin and his mom were driving by the Dakota Tree Nursery in Renner and saw row after row of apple trees...and then he had an idea. "I said why don't we just pick them for someone who really would need them?" Nick and his mom did some checking and found the nursery didn't harvest the apples...meaning they would eventually just fall to the ground and stay there. That didn't sit well with Nick....and that's when he had his second idea. "We're gonna clean them and then bag them and then give them to The Mission."
So Nick came back with some friends from school....and started picking....and picking...and picking. "Probably like 200 to 500 apples." And this group did it all under the watchful eye of Stacy Tihart, who owns the nursery....and has a sense of pride about this group of kids. "I think it's great that they want to give back to the community."
And they did give back. These kids brought their cleaned and bagged hand-picked apples to Sioux Falls and went to The Mission....and then handed them over to Kevin Goslin, who received them with a thankful heart. "I'd like to thank them very much. your time and energy means a lot."
And what also means a lot....that a young boy named Nick had the thought in the first place..to do something good. "It just kind of pays back the community. And what the community does for you. So you should just pay back the community."
The Mission says they benefit from the generosity of people all the time and they always appreciate it. But they say to get a gift from kids like this really is something special.
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