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'So thankful': Student surprises janitor with the sweetest gift

There are just genuinely good people out there and stories like these are important because it gives them the recognition they deserve.

A high school student gave his janitor the most thoughtful present and the touching video is getting a lot of attention on social media.

Tristan McAlister is a 17-year-old student at Stafford High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia and he has become friends with his janitor, 31-year-old Angel Echevarria.

Their backgrounds could not be more different – Angel was homeless for four years. 

Tristan learned that, because of his four children, he couldn't afford to buy things for himself so Tristan decided to get him a little gift. 

Tristan tweeted the video and said, "I've known Angel for 2 years now and you won't find a person who appreciates and smiles more than this guy.'' 

He continued, "I asked him what shoes should I buy and he picked out Jordan 8s and I asked if he had a pair and he said 'no I have 4 kids, I can't shop for myself' so today I surprised him.''

Tristan said that he only recorded the video because his mum wanted to see Angel's reaction – it was never expected to go viral!

He said. "I'm so thankful to have met him. He gives me a different perspective on life."

What a fantastic young man – his parents should be proud. 

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