Boys’ sweet gesture delights street

Aiden and Liam with some of the thankyou cards they received. Picture: DANIELLE KUTCHEL 253927_01

By Danielle Kutchel

Two Narre Warren North brothers have brought a little bit of joy to the residents in their street with a heartfelt gift to fill their hearts and their tummies.

Liam and Aiden, aged 12 and 11, decided to make a sweet gesture by delivering chocolate to their neighbours to mark R U OK Day last month.

They typed notes to go with their chocolate gifts to explain the present, and left them in the letterboxes of residents on McKenzie Lane.

“I hoped to make people happier and brighten their day,” Liam explained.

And it appears the boys did just that.

Within days, their neighbours had repaid the favour ten-fold, sending heartfelt hand-written notes and gifts.

The brothers said they hadn’t expected to receive anything in turn; they’d simply hoped their neighbours would enjoy the chocolate.

Their mother, Pam, said she was proud of her sons for having so much empathy for the people they share the world with.

“It was a lovely thought and it snowballed,” she said.

Aiden said although the chocolate pilgrimage had started as an idea to help his neighbours feel valued and cared for during lockdown, he too now felt much better.

Both brothers said their actions and their neighbours’ reactions proved the value of kindness.

“Be kind to everyone and they’ll be kind to you,” Aiden said, while Liam added: “Just be nice to each other, check how people are doing.”

As another bonus, the boys have gotten to know some of their neighbours now and look forward to being able to hang out with them properly once lockdown ends.