Heartwarming: Teacher Buying Supplies For Students When Man Says 4 Words That Leave Her In Tears

September 23, 2017
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Texas teacher Sabrina Drude was getting ready for the new school year by buying some supplies at Walmart. Her shopping cart filled with hundreds of notebooks, pencils, and markers, she was anticipating some annoyed fellow shoppers as she made her way to the checkout line. What she got instead left her in tears.

Heartwarming: Teacher Buying Supplies For Students When Man Says 4 Words That Leave Her In Tears

As Sabrina began to check out, a man behind her in line, Lester Brown, started asking her some questions. Noticing that she didn’t have any children with her, he was curious as to why she would need so many school supplies.

Sabrina explained that she is a teacher at a middle school in a very low socioeconomic area in San Antonio and many of her students can’t afford the supplies they need, so she was purchasing the necessities for them.

Lester was so touched by what Sabrina was doing for her students that he offered to pay for everything in her cart. She thanked him but said she couldn’t accept his money.

As the $97 total came up on the cash register, though, Lester jumped between Sabrina and the cashier with money in hand.

“Put your wallet away,” he told Sabrina.

“I just started crying,” the touched teacher recalled later. “That’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard.”

When Sabrina asked Lester why he wanted to pay for the supplies, he told her, “Because teachers don’t get the recognition that they deserve.”

Throughout the year, many teachers spend quite a bit of their own money for the benefit of the students in their classes. Though they receive a $250 tax deduction, Sabrina said that doesn’t even put a dent into what they put into their classrooms.

As the school year begins, Sabrina plans to tell her class about Lester’s kind deed.

“This is exactly the type of person I want to influence my kids to be,” she said, adding that she plans to invite Lester to a class pizza party. “I want him to inspire my kids just like he inspired me; if any of my kids grew up to be half the man he is I’d be very proud.”

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A broken-hearted father, who shared his four-year-old daughter’s pain and suffering as she battled cancer through a harrowing photograph that captured hearts around the world, has revealed he kept her body at home for 24 hours after she died.

Andy Whelan, 31, from, Lancashire in the UK released a black and white image of Jessica grimacing and crying during chemotherapy to treat her neuroblastoma.

Just three weeks later the girl passed away.

Speaking for the first time, since losing his ‘daddy’s girl’, Whelan said he and his partner, Nicky Prendergrast, 29, made the decision that Jessica should spend her final night in her own bed after she died. It allowed him to cuddle up to her and also read her favorite story to her.

Whelan has struggled with deep depression since losing Jessica but said he still treasures those last few hours.

‘With her passing on a Sunday, there wasn’t a lot of knowledge as to what was going to happen and the last thing we wanted was for her to be taken on a Sunday just to be laid on a slab in an environment we don’t know.

‘We had family that wanted to come down and say their goodbyes in the comfort of our home and our surroundings, not a funeral home and coffin.

‘On the Sunday evening I read her favourite story to her and we were able to cuddle up to her.’ 

 Jessica’s body was picked up at 11.30am the following day. She was taken to Manchester University Hospital for a post-mortem to check she was healthy enough to donate her tissue towards a cure.

Whelan, who is now supporting a World Child Cancer campaign to raise awareness of a disparity in treatment across the world.

Here he shares the turmoil he and his family have faced in the last 10 months as they cope with the loss of Jessica. Mr Whelan reveals he has battled depression and suffered from nightmares.

He also confesses that he is tormented by milestones and why the distressing image of her agony will forever serve a permanent reminder that he and his partner made the right decision to end her treatment and let her go.

‘For the last few number of weeks we had moved her into our old bedroom and reshuffled it so she could be budged up alongside ours to sleep directly next to me.

‘We spoke in regards to us keeping her at home until the Monday so that we could spend that final time with her before she was taken from us.

‘So on the day she passed away, we moved her bed back into her bedroom and set everything back up again. 

‘We had spent a lot of time with her in the final weeks and days at our bedside, but we thought it was only right that she was able to spend one final night in her bedroom.’

Battling to control the tears, he added: ‘It’s hard to gauge, but when she first passed away there was almost a sense of relief because she’d been through so much, especially in those final two weeks.

‘The day she actually passed away, we’d almost been praying, begging for her to go to sleep and not wake up.’

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