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11-year-old brings joy to grocery store workers after Boulder shooting

Published: Mar. 26, 2021 at 11:18 AM MDT|Updated: Mar. 29, 2021 at 5:19 AM MDT
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BRIGHTON, Colo. (KKTV) - Eleven-year-old JJ Witmer from Brighton, Colorado is doing what he can to spread some joy to grocery store workers following the shooting in Boulder last week.

JJ wanted to do something to help King Soopers employees and brighten their day after the tragic event this week in Boulder. He and his mother reportedly went to two grocery stores in the area and handed out flowers to about 80 employees the day after the shooting.

“I like to make people happy and doing this, we’re taking the good out of the bad. So we’re trying to make happiness come out of some thing that was terrible,” JJ said.

Even this little act of kindness, brought a smile to the faces of the employees. They have been working hard since the pandemic began, and JJ knew the Boulder shooting would make it a little more difficult for them to walk into work.

11-year-old JJ Witmer is from Brighton, Colorado and is doing what he can to spread some joy to...
11-year-old JJ Witmer is from Brighton, Colorado and is doing what he can to spread some joy to grocery store workers following the shooting in Boulder this week.(Jody Witmer)
11-year-old JJ Witmer is from Brighton, Colorado and is doing what he can to spread some joy to...
11-year-old JJ Witmer is from Brighton, Colorado and is doing what he can to spread some joy to grocery store workers following the shooting in Boulder this week.(Jody Witmer)

JJ’s mother, Jody, told 11 News several employees gave him fist bumps and hugs and told him how much they appreciated the moment where someone thanked them for their hard work.

“There was this one employee that almost made me cry. I said, ‘Excuse me, ma’am, we appreciate you and thank you for doing what you’re doing now.’ That’s what made her cry, and then her reaction to that made me start to tear up!” JJ said.

The 11-year-old hopes that this simple act will inspire others to pay-it-forward as well, in a time when Coloradans need it most.

JJ’s mother says some people are already following in her son’s footsteps and have been making signs and giving gift baskets.

“Small acts of kindness can go a far away, and like I said before, don’t think about doing it or say you’re going to do it: just do it!” JJ told 11 News.

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