Kimberly Bellus is both a mother and a full-time student—two jobs that are quite difficult to juggle. The struggle became even greater when she realized the bus would not pick up her son, Gabe, because he lived too close to the school.
Unable to afford a car, this meant this meant that she would have to walk 2 miles twice a day just to get Gabe to and from school.
Gabe is a second-grader at Carriage Hill Elementary School in Papillion, Nebraska—a school that prides itself for “empowering students,” allowing them to become successful both within and outside of school.
However, by the time Gabe got to school, he wasn’t always feeling empowered. He was often feeling tired. Two miles, twice a day, is a lot of walking, especially for a 7-year-old.
When Kim spoke to KMTV News, she told them, “[the walk] is not a problem at this point, but it’s gonna be a problem when the winds are 30 below.”
Kim tried talking to the school to get help, but they would not give her the help she needed. However, when the story of Kim and Gabe began circulating throughout the neighborhood, a lot of people started listening, and they empathized with the struggles they were facing. One such person was Becky Novotny.
One day, as Kim and Gabe were trekking their usual route back home, Becky’s car pulled up. She explained to them that she drives to and from the school every day to pick up and drop off her own child, so she wouldn’t mind taking Gabe too. Kim was delighted, and the two mothers worked out the details of their schedule.
Becky is a stay-at-home mom with three kids of her own. She knows how tough raising kids can be, so she did what she could to help. She displayed exactly the type of kindness that she hoped her community would show her, were she in Kim’s predicament.
Now that Gabe has a ride, he has better opportunities both during and after school. He has more energy for school and homework now that he doesn’t have to walk so much.
He’s also a member of the Boy Scouts now and is able to get rides to and from scout meetings. Meanwhile, Kim has been doing great in her classes, having received a perfect score on a recent midterm.
Sometimes even a small act of kindness can make a world of difference!