Stranger gifts new basketball hoop to 8-year-old boy after seeing him shoot hoops into a trash can

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Stranger gifts new basketball hoop to 8-year-old boy after seeing him shoot hoops into a trash can
Stranger gifts new basketball hoop to 8-year-old boy after seeing him shoot hoops into a trash can. Courtesy of Patricia J Williams.

An 8-year-old boy is one step closer to his dream of becoming a basketball player, and it’s all thanks to the random act of kindness from a stranger.

30-year-old, Devin Hinkston, was driving through his town of Alexandra, Louisiana, when he noticed a boy playing basketball in his driveway. As he got closer, he realized the boy was using a trash can as a basketball hoop.

Hinkston, who makes random acts of kindness a hobby, decided to purchase 8-year-old, Jeremiah, a new basketball goal.

Stranger gifts new basketball hoop to 8-year-old boy after seeing him shoot hoops into a trash can
Stranger gifts new basketball hoop to 8-year-old boy after seeing him shoot hoops into a trash can. Courtesy of Patricia J Williams.

“I always do

,” Hinkston said. “I’ll see kids in the corner store and I’ll buy all of them something to snack on. I’ll see a homeless person and buy them a bomber jacket or some food. I just never post about it on social media because that’s not the reason I’m doing it. I do it from the heart,” Hinkston told Good Morning America.

Special Delivery

As Hinkston pulled up to deliver the gift, he was greeted by Patricia Williams, Jeremiah’s grandmother.

He told Williams the story of how he drove by and saw Jeremiah shooting hoops into the trash can and wanted to do something special for him.

Stranger gifts new basketball hoop to 8-year-old boy after seeing him shoot hoops into a trash can
Stranger gifts new basketball hoop to 8-year-old boy after seeing him shoot hoops into a trash can. Courtesy of Patricia J Williams.

“This man was a complete stranger,” Williams said. “I just started crying because it was an angel in disguise.”

Williams said Jeremiah loves basketball and plays in a league at their local church. His favorite player is LeBron James.

“Everywhere he goes he totes his little basketball,” Williams said.

It was in this moment that three strangers connected in a beautiful way.

“Jeremiah was in the background jumping for joy and she was jumping and I was dropping tears,” Hinkston said. “It was special.”

Hinkston said he has stayed in touch with the family and plans to return to assemble the hoop with Jeremiah.

Hinkston also has a dream of his own — one day he wants to fund a nonprofit for the kids in the community so they have activities to do after school.

“You should always be kind. You never know what somebody else is going through,” Hinkston said.


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