Little Helper of the Week: Watch This Little Girl Offer a Plate of Food to a Homeless Person

Updated: Mar. 14, 2024

One small act can make a huge difference.

A simple act of kindness, no matter how big or small can make a significant impact on someone’s day. That’s the lesson Ella Smith of Monterey, California learned on an ordinary 2016 day. And it certainly made her father more than proud.

The video begins with Ella sitting with a full plate of crispy steak and potatoes. “Can I just give it [to] him?” Ella adorably asks her father. “Go ahead,” her father affirms. Ella, full of initiative, quickly hurries from the table with the full plate of food and a fork outside the restaurant.

From the view of the restaurant window, Ella’s father proudly gushes over his daughter’s altruism: “This is my girl right here. I love her to bits.” Ella then approaches a homeless man sitting on a bench right outside the restaurant with the full meal and a fork. The man happily accepts the meal. Ella’s father, unable to contain his pride, repeats, “that’s my girl.” As Ella makes her way back into the restaurant, the homeless man looks back before digging into the hot meal.

“He’s like ‘oh my god! Are you kidding me? I just got steak and potatoes,'” Ella’s father says. Ella, full of joy, walks back into the restaurant smiling.

“Good job Ella!” her father exclaims. “I think you just made his week. How does that make you feel?” Ella scrunches up her face while beaming. “I like it!” she grins.

About the moment, Ella’s father describes it full of pride: “My daughter learned a valuable lesson by giving back to people that have less. Ella saw a homeless guy outside of the restaurant and gave him her steak and potato dinner. Proud father moment!”

It’s encounters like these that show how it just takes one person to make a difference. Whether a friend, family or stranger, a kind act can go a long way. There’s no end to acts of kindness for kids, or anyone of any age, to do. As we can see from Ella’s selflessness, it just may make someone’s day.