What Happened When Strangers Saw A Little Boy Shivering Outside Without A Coat

SOMETIMES it’s the simple acts of kindness that most touch the heart.

When an 11-year-old boy sat at a bus stop without a jacket in Oslo, Norway, hidden cameras captured a series of very special moments.

The experiment was filmed by the Norwegian branch of the SOS Children’s Villages International charity as part of a campaign to provide warm clothing for displaced children in Syria, according to The Nordic Page.

In the video above, the majority of bystanders offer their coats or gloves to the boy.

“People should care as much about children in Syria as they care about this boy,” Synne Rønning, the information head of SOS Children’s Villages Norway, told The Local. She also noted that the child was a volunteer who was never in any danger during the filming.

To learn more about SOS Children’s Villages International click here.


9 thoughts on “What Happened When Strangers Saw A Little Boy Shivering Outside Without A Coat

  1. When you’re confronted with it, it is easier to react. When the problems are far away and you may think, well, what can I do? If people were asked, fill this container with any warm clothes that we can send over to Syrian children who are feeling cold – I’m sure they would be filled.

    I remember posting once before about a couple of crochet/knitting clubs that I know of that were asked to create squares for blanklets and beanies for children in Africa. The charity was expecting a small amount but they ended up with so much from people all over the world, that they were able to send them elsewhere as well.

    People want to help. They sometimes don’t know how.

    Moving vid btw 🙂


    • It would be great if the charity filmed the delivery of the items made and how they were dispersed. Then let the donors know that they can watch via the charity’s website – I think that would spur people on to do more, try harder, feel involved.


  2. This is such a great and simple idea. This organisation is called Gift of Water and basically they just have prepared two buckets with a filter and a small tablet of chlorine, to help the people of Haiti who had been drinking water with waste and animals in it.

    I wish these small charitiy/groups would get more attention.


    • Not really there was certainly an great deal of support for Malala Yousafzai. Maybe people don’t care for those they consider to be the “enemy” ??


      • Wasn’t a trick answer either. It could be a number of factors. It might simply be a case of out of sight, out of mind. (which is kinda the whole purpose of this topic I think). It could be that people have a high tolerance for the “collateral damage” that occurs during a conflict, or a perceived conflict. It could be that (overall) the Muslim community is terrible at PR and doesn’t know how to get the message across.

        It could be none of the above and something completely different.

        Which is it – dunno.


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