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Viral Post Leads to New Friends

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Millions of people across the world now know the story of a local boy and his honest actions.

Last week, 11-year-old Steven Cruthirds found a drivers license and decided to write a letter and send the license back to its owner, Jacob Fry.

In the letter, Steven, who also has special needs, requested nothing in return but that Fry pay the favor forward. Fry was touched by the gesture and decided to post the letter on several social media sites like reddit on Tuesday night. The post racked up 2 million posts in 24 hours.

Fry also decided to track down Steven, and gave him a gift of a Lego set to thank the boy for what he did. Both Fry and Steven plan to spend more time together, and feel they were brought together in the ability to share their story.

With all the feedback that the post has gotten on several social media platforms, Fry has set up an online fund for Steven to help out with his special needs. He thinks that is the best way to pay it forward as Steven requested.

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  1. Ashley Hall says:

    This brought tears to my eyes! So glad Jacob was able to connect with Steven! We really appreciate both being willing to share their story with us.

  2. Steve K says:

    And to make this even better, Steven has asked that all the money raised in the fund go to a local girl with cancer… This story keeps getting better!

  3. Dan B. says:

    By two million posts, you mean 2390, right?

    1. Jacob Fry says:

      They meant views on imgur. Not posts. 2390 is the karma it got on reddit.

  4. Angela Cruthirds says:

    Hi all. I wanted to chime in and touch basis. I am not familiar with imgur, nor do I know the significance of 2390 karma on Reddit. Regardless of my ignorance of such matters I feel the kindness of strangers reaching through this screen to give my boy a high-five. THAT is what should be commended, and I can’t thank you all enough! Doing the right thing can be hard sometimes, but this wasn’t hard. This was something that should be baseline in all our lives.
    The outpour of support for Steven has been humbling – to think that such a small deed could have this great of impact! We are in awe of your awe – and I want you all to know that this experience will have meaning beyond words in the life of Steven. YOU provided my kiddo with pride and self-esteem at a time when he needed it the most. YOU are the hero’s and YOU are the ones who give ME hope for humanity!! As I understand it, there is a pay-it-forward fund somewhere out there. What shall we do with it folks? Steven spoke about helping his older brother with a sparrow project, and perhaps saving homeless pets. If I could have a say, I would find a way to give your kids the same experience that you just gave mine. I will forever be grateful to all of you!

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