• 28 Nov - 04 Dec, 2020
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When a local FedEx driver noticed that a young boy was playing basketball with a beat-up hoop, she took it upon herself to upgrade him in a random act of kindness. Coledo Wheeler came home from work to find a brand-new Spalding basketball hoop had been set up in the yard for her young son Elijah – though she didn’t even notice at first, her Facebook post read. But as Wheeler walked up the porch of her home in Ohio, she noticed a mysterious basketball and instruction manual awaiting her, along with two attached letters. The letters were both signed from someone named Aubrey, and the first read, “Just wanted you and your son to have the best hoop that’ll grow with him and all his friends. It’s wonderful that you guys shoot hoops with him.” Wheeler said it took a moment to connect the dots and realise that Aubrey was a FedEx truck driver who delivers in the area. Wheeler said she kept the new hoop a secret from Elijah so that she could surprise him when he returned home from visiting his dad, and that his emotional reaction was worth the wait. Wheeler said she plans to have Elijah write Aubrey a letter, and have a thank you card ready for the next time he sees her. She later updated her post to note that Aubrey had come by their house once again – this time with sandbags in order to weigh down the base of the hoop.