When no one showed up to her son Toxey's tenth birthday party, Angela Andrews did what a lot of moms might do: she wrote a pained post on her Facebook wall.
That might have been the end of it and a sad, double-digit birthday for Toxey were it not for the fact that an Arkansas state trooper took notice of it and decided to make a difference.
The following Monday, Toxey had a surprise waiting for him in the form of Cpl. David Forthman, state troopers Terry Sawyer, Kyle Sheldon, Brandon Cook, and Tim Callison of the Arkansas State Police, along with their K-9 Rhino, all of whom showed up with presents and a cake for Toxey.
Andrews posted a stunned follow-up on Facebook.
"This afternoon, after Toxey got home from school, a caravan of 5 state troopers pulled up at our house, K-9 included," she wrote. "Not only did they bring him a birthday cookie cake, but they also brought him all kinds of presents, let him play with Rhino, the K-9, and play with the sirens in their cars. They ate his cake with him and played basketball with him. All out of the goodness of their hearts. They made my sweet baby's day, and his year!! "
For the troopers, it was just their way of showing that kindness matters.
"Cpl David Forthman, along with Troopers Terry Sawyer, Kyle Sheldon, Brandon Cook, and Tim Callison are the reason we become troopers. We all want to make a difference, and these troopers showed today that#kindnessmatters. We are so proud to call them ours, and thank you Angela for sharing this story with us!!!!"
Naturally, the story went viral.
You can mail a card to Toxey for his birthday here:
C/O Cory Howard
PO Box 8341
Hot Springs Village, AR 71910
It's a nice way to show him that kindness does — and will always — matter.