Andrew Kirby, a 16-year-old high school sophomore who has a neurological disorder, had grown accustomed to eating lunch alone every day. But after a few students from the student council took him under their wing, the lunchroom became a lot less lonely. For Andrew's mom Kay Kirby, finding out that her son made friends at school was beyond reassuring.
"A lot of times at lunch I'll text Andrew," Kay told CBS. "I said, 'Are you eating with anyone? And he said 'No.' And I sat at my desk at work and I just prayed I said, 'Lord, please send somebody to eat with him.'"
As for the nice kids on student council who invited Andrew to pull up a chair? It was just second nature. "If we were sitting by ourselves we would want someone to sit with us, so we didn't want kids to have to sit by themselves," explained one student. Another chimed in saying, "Everyone needs to have someone and anyone can be a help with that."
Kay was thrilled to learn that the students at Andrew's school were so kind-hearted. Because as anyone who's attended high school knows, that's not always the case.
"It's very encouraging to know that there are teenagers out there that took their time. They weren't being in their own clique, they weren't being selfish, they took their time to reach out to somebody who might be different," said Kay. "And you know, you never know what a child is going through — maybe they've got a bad home life, maybe they're depressed, and there's a kid sitting by themselves and they noticed that. The peace I have now at lunch I don't feel like I need to text him and check on him."
The best part of this heartwarming story? Andrew's new friendships go beyond the cafeteria. Just recently, his new friends invited him to catch a movie. Isn't that sweet?