A helping hand. A friendly smile. A round of applause at a charity event. Universal signs of support that have the power to change the world. Here are the Gestures of the Week December 10-16.

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walmartSecret Santa pays off Walmart layaway bills

A “Secret Santa” in Pennsylvania spread Christmas cheer by paying off 194 Walmart layaway accounts in a gesture of holiday giving.

Ryan Kennedy, manager of the Walmart store in Everett, reportedly said he received a call from a mysterious person identified only as “Santa B” who offered to pay off all $46,265.59 worth of layaway items. Read more…

gestures of the week wiiuBest Buy Employees Buy WiiU for Kid who Kept Visiting

Employees at a Best Buy decided to chip in to buy a WiiU for a child after they noticed he was coming into the store daily to play the free display.

Video posted to YouTube by Rahiem Storr, a man who identified himself as a manager at Best Buy, shows an employee approaching a child who is playing a WiiU at a Best Buy in Valley Stream, New York.

“On behalf of all of us here at Best Buy, we got you a WiiU,” the employees told the child. “This is something we did for you. Everyone here that you see, we all got together and chipped in so you could have it.” Read more…

gestures of the week anti-bullyingLakeland PD honors seventh grader for anti-bullying efforts

Antwain Bernanrd Shaw, Jr. was recently recognized for his kind gesture towards a younger student who had been bullied and teased.

According to the Lakeland Police Department Facebook post, Antwain stepped in when two-fourth and fifth-grade boys were seen bullying a second grader for the shoes that he was wearing on September 5, 2016. He told the boys to leave the younger boy alone and he reassured him not to worry about his shoes. Read more…

gestures of the week december 10-16 lebronLebron James donates shoes to local state champs

Coming off the program’s first ever state championship, the Hartville boys expected a little more respect than being seeded third in the season-opening Clever Tournament. Well, they went off and proved the doubters wrong by “upsetting” the two-seed Fair Grove in the semifinals and then the top seed and host Clever in the championship.

One man who certainly isn’t doubting the Eagles is their newest fan, NBA superstar Lebron James.

“One day a box shows up in the office and it’s a big old box full of Lebron basketball shoes, letters and shirts,” said Hartville head coach Brett Reed. Following the Clever championship, Reed finally handed over the shoes, along with a special letter to each player. Read more…