School crossing guards are front and center in the mornings and afternoons when students are arriving and departing the premises. Because they are the first school employee that the children see in the morning, most crossing guards have a natural tendency to be warm and welcoming, always sharing a big smile with the students.
Trask Middle School Crossing Guard, “Ms. Minnie,” has been a trusted friend to the kids. Considering she has been a guard at the North Carolina school for 19 years, the teachers, parents, and staff at the school were all familiar with Ms. Minnie and she had a good reputation amongst everyone.
During a cold snap, a teacher by the name of Kayla Thomas caught Ms. Minnie doing something that she’d never seen her do before. When the kids crossed the street, Ms. Minnie could be seen taking some of them toward her car that was parked nearby. In most circumstances, the situation would be considered pretty creepy, but in this one, it was quite the opposite.
Upon closer look, Kayla noticed that there were racks filled with winter coats near Ms. Minnie’s car. It turns out that Ms. Minnie was giving coats to the kids who needed them and she would ask for nothing in return. Knowing how cold it can get in the winter months, Ms. Minnie was well aware of the importance of a proper winter coat. Kayla later learned that this isn’t the only thing that Ms. Minnie does for the students. On rainy days she is known to give out umbrellas to kids in need. Ms. Minnie has quite the reputation for making kids smile as her positive attitude is contagious. She’s not after the attention, instead, she simply wants to make her community a better place.
Moved by Ms. Minnie’s kindness, Kayla posted a photo alongside the following post about the generous woman…
“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 every day. People like her give the rest of us hope that we can all live in peace and focus on the things that really matter.”
Commenters gave shoutouts to Ms. Minnie…
“Thank you, Minnie Galloway, for your compassion, dedication, and love for these students.”
And maybe Ms. Minnie’s idea will spread across the country…
“This is SUCH a sweet idea. Anyone else who has ever worked in a school (particularly elementary schools) knows that there is a large number of jackets left at the school at the end of the year. Would be a great idea if we could get our local schools to consider this. (I wouldn’t want to “volunteer” all of our crossing guards for this.)”