‘I had not noticed CJ didn’t have his sneakers until we were at the front desk. I put my head in my hands. ‘Now what am I going to do?’: Special needs mom blown away by Planet Fitness manager’s act of kindness

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“I have a story I would like to share with you all. I know you will appreciate it and hold it dear in your heart, as I have.

Last Monday, I picked up CJ and drove to Planet Fitness. I had not noticed, however, that CJ did not have his sneakers until we were inside at the front desk. I put my head in my hands and said, ‘Now what am I going to do?’ I had just driven from Burrillville to Woonsocket so we could work out. The manager made some suggestions and we went on our way to try a light workout.

After a couple of minutes, a staff member came over and asked me CJ’s shoe size. I knew if they checked lost and found they would not find his size because he has small feet for a man, so we went about our workout. A couple of minutes later, Daniel Cote, the Club Manager, came walking over with a brand-new pair of sneakers he had run out and bought a couple of stores down at Olympia Sports.

I am attaching the video of Dan putting the sneakers on CJ. I cannot begin to tell you how in awe of this man I am.

You see, what he did not know was, I was having one of those days… I had somehow left the house without my pocketbook when I went to pick up CJ and I did not realize it until I stopped for gas and had no money. I could not have bought CJ a pair of sneakers and I didn’t have enough gas to go back to Burrillville for CJ’s sneakers and then back to Woonsocket.

People like Dan restore my faith in mankind, and he is the reason I will drive a little farther to the Planet Fitness on Diamond Hill Road. CJ and I are so appreciative of every smile and fist pump and we are his biggest fans. This world is a better place with Dan in it and I wanted you to know…”

This story was written by Lisa M. Simpson of Rhode Island. The article originally appeared on her Facebook page here. Submit your story here, and be sure to subscribe to our best love stories here.

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