The touching gesture of a student whose family could not afford a Christmas gift for her teacher has gone viral just ahead of the holiday weekend.
Rachel Uretsky-Pratt, a teacher at Amistad Elementary in Kennewick, Washington, took to Facebook on Wednesday to share a photo of a present she received from one of her students in order to help others put "life into perspective."
Uretsky-Pratt wrote that although 100 percent of her students are on "free/reduced lunch," meaning they are from low-income families, and also receive free breakfast daily, she still received a few tokens of appreciation from her pupils, including one that really stood out — a small bag of Lucky Charms marshmallows.
"This kiddo wanted to get my [sic] something so badly, but had nothing to give," Uretsky-Pratt explained. "So rather than give me nothing, this student opened up her free breakfast cereal this morning, took the packaging of her spork, straw, and napkin, and finally took the time to take every marshmallow out of her cereal to put in a bag—for me."
The teacher's post, which has already amassed over 140,000 reactions and racked up more than 50,000 shares, clearly struck a nerve on social media, with many users commenting that the child's sweet gesture left them in tears.
Uretsky-Pratt ended her post with a simple reminder that she wanted readers to carry with them into the holidays.
"Be grateful for what you have, and what others give you," she wrote. "It all truly comes from the deepest parts of their hearts. Happy Holidays."