A Tennessee third-grader was “so surprised and thankful” when his teachers and classmates at Philadelphia Elementary School replaced all of his toys that had burned in a house fire.
Daniel Hunt lost all of his possessions after a fire destroyed his family’s home on Sept. 21.
In a beautiful show of support on Sept. 27, his third-grade class started a secret toy drive to help him replace all that he lost.
Teachers sent Daniel on an errand. They then piled the toys on the desks and snuck the students into one classroom. When Daniel came back they all yelled “surprise” and he “was speechless for a minute,” Jones said.
Philadelphia Elementary School included images in a Facebook post that show the boy looking ecstatic as his friends and teachers gifted him with lots of new games and toys.
A school counselor Kelly Jones said Daniel loved it, and before taking a look at any of the gifts, he opened his arms as his classmates rushed him for a “large group hug,” according to ABC News.
“He received the toys today and he was so surprised and thankful! This is certainly one of the #37846Reasons we love PES,” the school captioned the heartwarming photographs.
Daniel later told his grandmother Marsha Hunt that he was “happy crying.”
She wrote on Facebook: “I love that his friends gave from their heart to this special little grandson. They were so excited to give! He has looked at each and every toy, big and small, and he loves them all. Thank you so much!!!!!!”