Losing something precious is never a pleasant thing, but losing it at Christmas is especially heartbreaking, and that's what happened to Antioch High School student Shawn Hawkins.
His beloved 3DS XL was stolen, and he wrote messages on the school's notice board begging for it to be returned. Trouble by his obvious distress, one of his fellow schoolmates decided to raise the cash to replace the lost console:
We go to Antioch High School. I saw this message that Shawn Hawkins wrote on our white board, through a series of Snapchats my friends were posting. The announcement that Shawn wrote on the board, was basically him begging for his 3DS XL back; and that he would not tell anyone if it was returned, that it means a lot—it was a gift from his grandma. So, I posted on Snapchat an announcement that I was gonna collect cash donations at school, and to come find me if you want to make a donation to Shawn Hawkins for a new 3DS. I then asked my favourite teacher, Ms. Grimm, if she’d like to make a donation... She told me that she’ll go out that very night and buy it; raise whatever money I can raise by the next morning, and she’ll pay whatever difference there is! The next morning, my friend, Piper, wrapped the gift. When we went to go give Shawn the gift, Ms. Grimm asked us to record it, so Piper did so on her phone.
You can watch the moment Shawn receives the replacement 3DS below - his face when he realises the kindness of his friends is utterly, utterly priceless. Instead of reaching for the 3DS itself, he first hands out a massive hug.
If that video doesn't fill you with festive cheer and goodwill to all men, then we don't know what will.
Who the **** steals someones 3ds, or anything at all for that matter. True scum.
Nice article @Damo, it's always nice to read something like this after having a bad day just to restore your faith in humanity.
I was given the 3DS back the one he got stolen ?
It's always great to see the kind hearts of people in the world. May there be many more stories like this
The thief is rubbing his hands like Birdman: another free 3DS!
Great to see yet another example of the next generation of kids acting out of generosity, empathy and kindness towards their fellow students. Enough to thaw the hearts of even the most hardened of cynics. And an extra special bravo to Ms Grimm. Great teacher. What a wonderful story. He looked so grateful.
What about the kids in the third world? What happens when they lost their 3DS? Who's going to be there to replace them?
Aw man that was beautiful thanks for sharing with us.
That's some bear hug.
And is that manga art on the right?
This is why this website is called Nintendo LIFE.
Melted my heart. Thank you for sharing this with us
Don't feed the troll, people. I mean it, it does this in every article similar to this, you can check it's profile.
Nice story... shame he didn't get the one his Grandma gave him back though.
And I can't help but think that if whoever stole his 3DS isn't caught, then there's a chance they'll just do it again.
@Nincompoop It is getting old to bring up the third world reference everytime. Next time, go for the 4th world.
Are you trying to twisting the situation like that to become something Ironic , again ?!
Last time i saw you gave comments like that.
Are you questioning about kindness from other people or are you jealous to see kind people like that ?
Btw, how about the 3rd world kids ?
Why don't you help them by yourself ?!
Thanks for remind me.
That is great...love it!!!
Ah man Niagara Falls😢😢
@Nincompoop Oh, Nincompoop. You're not going to get me this time!
It'll never be a replacement for the 3DS given by his grandma, but it certainly comes close. Still a lovely thing to do for him though.
Beautiful! I had my first 3DS stolen in a car robbery. It’s a very devasting thing. Glad to see such kind people in the world!
The only thing I'm wondering now is what 3DS model they got him.
I don't get why someone would steal a 3DS though, there's not much benefit to it besides playing it yourself, or just selling it for what you can get out of it. Still, it's nice to see people helping one another out at least.
ignore BigKing and Macron75
no need for that garbage.
I went through a right kleptomania stage while at school. Wonder if there's a kid in that class feeling very self conscious right about now. 😓
@Nincompoop You’re right. Nobody should ever do anything kind or charitable for anyone unless they can simultaneously help everyone in the world at the same time.
@thesilverbrick @The_Mysteron @Anti-Matter @Cosats @MrDarkmark @Grawlog
This is for all of you, Merry Xmas
Don't be so ironic, dude.
As someone who's had their 3DS stolen before, I'm glad that someone out there can have a happy ending. Good story.
I was just about to comment on how it's a good thing that it wasn't a teacher receiving a gift this time, otherwise there would be no end to the negative whiner's comments on here, but lo and behold, just as you think faith in humanity might be restored, there's always the odd bad apple or nincompoop spoiling the holiday spirit for the decent people around here with a comment that's neither smart nor funny.
Oh well, can't win 'em all, I suppose...
nincompoop always gave Satire / Ironic comments about Kindness from someone.
I'm sure he's jealous to see such a thing like that.
He's Lady Tremaine that jealous with 3rd World situation, twisting the kindness like that was an ironic situation, added with "What if it had Negative purpose inside ?"
A Troller like that just completely have No Heart.
First of all, the 3DS that was stolen will never come back so all the games he had on it are gone. Second, there aren't any new or exciting news for 3ds games in the future as the system is almost burned out so I don't know why that student would be so happy. he should've just considered it a lost cause and start saving money for the Switch. Then he would be REALLY happy.
Beautiful : '-)
@Joshie0234 He will go back home and sell it on eBay to offset the cost of a Switch.
@Anti-Matter I never really understood anything you said...
"He will go back home and sell it on eBay to offset the cost of a Switch"
How could you even think like that ?!
What a Stupid way of thinking !
And How Ironic your stupid comment like that !!
How dare you twisting the story of kindness become an ironic story like that ?!
@Nincompoop Again, you’re right. I’m sure all of the students that pitched in to buy the kid a 3DS were also secretly celebrity performance artists that could have done a charity concert instead. How dare they do something kind for someone they knew when they should have instead boarded planes to go over and feed the poor in another country? Doing something kind for someone locally is never a good idea. I’m so glad you are so much smarter than the rest of us and are here to tell us these things.
@Nincompoop worst Christmas song..
" I never really understood anything you said..."
Don't do Bad Acting in front of me !
I know you understand but you pretend to being stupid.
@thesilverbrick You are welcome.
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
Charity is not really the solution, education is better.
@Anti-Matter oopsie you did it again. Didn't you
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
Charity is not really the solution, education is better."
What a pathetic comparison.
There is NO connection between that kindness with your quotes.
Then, if you receive present from someone , insult them, throw back their gift because you don't want to be fed !
Sad to see a troll with no better a user name than nincompoop to write some garbage like that derail the conversation. A true beacon of hypocrisy sitting there on their computer pointing the finger instead of doing something instead of only talking about it down to others on a gaming news forum. You're pathetic.
Charity is not really the solution education is better? So what's the lesson learned here? Tough, your stuff got stolen man up? That he lives in a first world country so stop meowing and whining as he doesn't deserve it? I don't see much lesson here other than you missed the lesson and the point. Righting the wrong caused by a thief is the lesson here, nothing more or less as this isn't some political conspiracy theory.
@Nincompoop I certainly agree that education is important and that people elsewhere are suffering and in need of help, but that doesn’t undermine that this was a kind deed. Charity and education are not mutually exclusive, and acting like they are is clearly a senseless attempt at trolling.
It's sad to see that Nintendo still hasn't figured out how to include some proper anti theft techniques into their systems. Even their $300+ lunch box that they call the Switch doesn't seem to have anything in that regard on board. Priorities are really messed up over there in Japan I guess.
"He will go back home and sell it on eBay to offset the cost of a Switch."
Comment of the year. 12/10.
"A good deed is its own reward." That's the feeling that I get from watching the video. Kudos to those students and especially to that teacher who chipped in to make that guy's Christmas! The gesture clearly meant a lot to him.
It's a shame that people feel like they need to steal the property of others. Clearly some people have way less of a sense of honesty and a lower guilt factor than I do.
And to some of the users here rebutting the troll....I know you mean well and support many of your comments, but it may be better not to feed the troll at this point. I've found the ignore feature works wonders.
Meanwhile I got mine kicked in by a piece of trash from the ghetto during the 6th grade and no one gave a damn. (Classic Gameboy, he kicked my backpack and actually managed to nail the screen. My childhood was poop, lol.)
I would sell it on eBay to offset the Switch as well. That way I have a gaming future instead of a gaming past.
@Mrrabbitpuncher I know how that kid feels. In 7th grade I had my crimson red gba sp stolen with a bunch of my games. I was at school and someone stole it out of my backpack. What makes me even more frustrated is that it had to be by someone who knew I had it with me that day because no one else even knew I had it. It was incredibly heartbreaking because it was a gift from my mom and was my all time favorite handheld system until the 3ds. I had to buy a replacement and slowly replace each game that was stolen. Some people are just a**holes
Ah man, someone started cutting onions right when I decided to watch this video. Rude.
I am often expressionless, but I would be lying if I said this didn't put a smile on my face.
I hope those with a good heart have a truly happy life; they deserve it
@Joshie0234 Hi I'm Shawn's mother and he is a huge Nintendo fan, so regardless if the system is becoming obsolete or whatever. He is grateful for the generous gift.
@Nincompoop Hi I am Shawn's mother and my son might see or read these comments which is negative and some hurtful. If you need to express yourself you can kindly send them to me and I can address them.
Things like this are amazing. They make me realize that the world is not a complete piece of trash
@Smhjph And just how many games did he on that old system? If thwre were many games lost, It might be useful trading it in to Gamestop to offset the price of the Switch.
Guys, guys. Hold on. You do realise @Nincompoop is trolling the lot of you. It's actually hilarious watching other people take the bait, because he got me with almost the exact same comment on a story about a class buying a switch for their teacher a few weeks ago. Feed the trolls if you like, but don't take everything so seriously.
When you mentioned the 3rd world, you always get reactions from 1st world guilt... especially during the holiday season.
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to troll and you feed him for a lifetime."
I was always scared of bringing my Gameboy Color, GBA or DS to school throughout my time in K-12 for this exact reason.(I was quite a bit safer in College) Though during my time in high school, gaming wasn't the "cool" thing to do so maybe my old school DS was safe.
Regardless, very neat story here and I'm glad it had a happy ending.
Always nice to know that even thought there are selfish and bad people in the world, there are kind people too. Thanks for sharing one of the kind stories.
I think I’ve just dropped a couple of very manly tears.
They have a very good teacher
@Nincompoop 2. General Behaviour
e. Do not "troll" or "bait" other users; Posts that purposefully or systematically go against the grain to trigger a reaction from others are prohibited. You are entitled to an opinion, but purposefully disrupting discussions with unpopular opinions to create arguments is not allowed, we simply suggest you don't get involved in these conversations. Users that are seen to be continuously trolling or baiting will be banned.
@Octane I get it, you don't like fishing. 🐟🎣
@Nincompoop Well hats off to you. This is a masterclass in trolling!
This kid is super lucky he has people backing him up like this. When I was the victim of theft, I had to do my own little bit of detective work. I had no one to back me up, I had to advocate for myself.
I remember back in 9th grade, I dropped a quarter in the locker room, and my GBA with Oracle of Ages was in my backpack front pocket. When I turned around, it was gone. I questioned the one who I thought was the culprit, but of course they lied.
So I waited for them to screw up instead of reporting them right away. I didn't trust other students not to tip him off and hand it over to someone else. Sure enough, they dropped their name tag at one point, and I reported their name and their crime to one of the guards. I kept checking in with him frequently for updates. I thought the GBA may have been as good as gone.
About a month later, the guard returned the GBA to me. I never got Oracle of Ages back, but I was happy to get something back. So I was really thankful for the guard being able to help me. Meanwhile, the guy who stole the GBA got a count of theft on his permanent criminal record.
I don't know what happened to them afterwards, but... I never saw the one who stole my GBA ever again.
@Smhjph Congratulations to you and your son for the support he has received! I was also the victim of theft in the past, so I know how it feels. Your son is lucky to have so much support around him.
@Nincompoop Oof, exact same type of comment as the previous incident with buying a console for someone at school. You need some new material. 😜
On another note, just realize that you ironically have no idea how many additional people would die or experience greater suffering every single day without charity. Due to economic inequality, no matter how much education is brought on, people still need jobs and money that pays for food and shelter. Education helps with that, but it guarantees nothing. The infrastructure just doesn't exist to provide good jobs for everyone, with so many people in this world. (Especially with the defeat of unions.)
This kid's faith in humanity just got restored a little, and in a way, that's worth more than the education he's getting. Doesn't matter where he is. A lot of the USA is as bad or even worse off than a 3rd world country zone at this point.
@PlywoodStick My point is: Charity has a limit, you keep giving and they become reliant on you. First world nations have been helping the third world countries for decades and it will never ends. The poorer countries expects the rich nations to help them, and yes you can feed them but it's better to help them help themselves. Teach them to be self-reliant and create a sustainable economy.
@Nincompoop Did you know that there are already places throughout the world which would already be self-sufficient, but organizations in first world countries like the World Bank actually drains and destroys them?
For example, there are many places in Africa which already generate all the electrical energy they need and then some, but the World Bank forces them to send it elsewhere. Same goes for all of those conflict minerals mined by slave labor used to build our fancy tech, especially from the Congo. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe is heading towards self-sufficiency with geothermal energy, supplying all their energy needs and their neighbors', while American oilmen claim it's too difficult to do in the US. (Even though the area running along the eastern edge of California is one of the best spots on Earth found by Google for geothermal energy extraction.) We could have abandoned traditional oil and gas by now ourselves with renewable sources, including geothermal and biodiesel. But the greed behind the petrodollar is too influential.
First world countries aren't just crippling others, they're crippling themselves. All in the interest of short term profits. The whole attack on net neutrality is another recent example of that. Sometimes, there's barely any (or no) infrastructure in certain areas.
As a more relevant example to tech being donated, most of the USA barely recycles any of our computers, and dumps millions of the broken/old ones onto other countries that can't process them, instead of creating more jobs and infrastructure to process unusable ones, reuse the recovered technical nutrients for new products, and provide usable products to those who need them. I am keenly aware of this, because I've been involved in just about the only major dedicated program for providing computers to the needy in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area for 8 years now. There was plenty provided through government and corporate programs in the past, but now that they've been slashed, there's next to nothing available. Charity is the only thing left now for that field.
And that's happening in the area of the nation's capital of supposedly the most powerful and wealthy nation in the world.
Of course, they didn't film the part where Shawn had to awkwardly contact Nintendo and mail in his new system so that he can have his My Nintendo account transfered to it, thereby allowing him to redownload his digitally purchased games. Did his teacher spring for a new SD card, too? Of course, he'll also have to restart his games from scratch, but there's nothing anyone can do about that.
@PlywoodStick From the Western perspective, people knew that the government and corporations were taking advantage of third world nations, but they did nothing to stop the exploitations.
From the third world perspective, they think of the rich nations as suckers and dummies for giving them money and free stuff. (I know this as a fact.) They are laughing behind the backs of the charities and gotten so used to the charity that they will create chaos if the charity stops. The third world has some of the laziest people who exploited their own people for financial gains.
So the victims are the weak and poor who can't defend themselves. You either go hungry or you joined the exploiters and betrayed your own people. In the end, the real problem is greed, from both sides. Until they learn how to resolve that, they will always be suffering.
Awww, very nice! I am really happy for the guy!
Wow amazed to see the action performed by his schoolmates. I think he could have used substantial alternative or gotten help from https://www.australian-writings.net/ services which would let him know about 3DS hidden location details and tips. In terms of replacing something which they might have no fault of their own is truly astounding.
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