Christmas is the time for giving, as we know, but this crossing guard has been giving of herself to children going to and from school for the past 19 years. Her recent deed this year, though, has been picked up on social media and went viral. It’s not hard to see why.
Ms. Minnie Galloway is a crossing guard for Trask Middle School in New Hanover County, North Carolina.
“I’ve thought we’re special to have Ms. Minnie,” parent Amy Mathis said, according to wwaytv. “I’ve never known of a crossing guard like her before.”
Her recent gesture in early December reveals just how special she really is. Minnie had went to the Salvation Army and came back with 30 coats, which she put on a coat rack, offering one to any child in need of a little extra warmth.
“Sometimes I don’t know if they have them or not,” said Minnie. “Some say they have them at home, but I don’t know I just let them go ahead and if they want them.”
“You never know who is paying attention and I have some parent stop by and say I appreciate you doing this for our kids.
“I have some people that come by that don’t even have any kids and let me know that they appreciate what I do and it makes me feel good.”
One teacher, Kayla Thomas, took notice of Minnie’s initiative. She posted this on her Facebook page:
Today I noticed that she had a rack of coats by her car, and signs saying “free coats” posted everywhere. It took every ounce of restraint in my body not to put the car in park and get out and hug this woman, to thank her for using her free time to keep our students safe and for giving coats to people who may not have them. There is still good in this world, despite what we see and hear everyday. People like her give the rest of us hope that we can all live in peace and focus on the things that really matter.
This is the most recent kind deed Minnie has done for the children—in the past, she has also provided umbrellas, notebooks, and other items the children may need.
Her kind act this Christmas season has touched the hearts of many, and has gone viral, garnering hundreds of comments and thousands of shares on Facebook. Here are just a few inspired responses from netizens online: