At one point or another, we’ve all lost something that is valuable to us, and if we’re lucky, we find a way to replace it. For 13 year-old Hunter Ventress, that valuable something was a brand new baseball glove.
The glove was lost on July 4th, after Hunter left it on the roof of his friend’s mother’s car.
“I was pretty devastated. I was so stoked when I got that glove, and after desperately looking for it, I remembered where I left it, and realized it was gone.” Said Hunter
Hunter’s next plan was to raise money to be able to purchase the exact same glove he had just lost. He offered to sell his Playstation Portable (PSP), along with other items that he received during his years as a little league catcher.
“I was pretty set on selling stuff to get my glove back. Every time I played baseball, in the back of my mind I kept thinking about how I’m not playing with my new glove.”
Fortunately for Hunter, his mother, Jennifer Ventress, found about his attempts to sell his other valuable items, and stepped in. She made a public post on facebook describing the situation, hoping that she could find some way to find the glove. She then received a private message from an absolute stranger, who told her that her son can keep his PSP, because he and two others had purchased the same exact glove that Hunter had just lost.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Jennifer. “It reminds you that there really are good people out there; it was just so hard to believe that three absolute strangers were willing to go out of their way to buy my son a brand new glove.”
Hunter was not only thrilled by this astonishing act of kindness, he was also inspired. A simple thank you would have probably sufficed in Hunter’s case, but instead, he chose to “pay-it-forward,” by gathering up to four shopping carts worth of food to donate to the Santa Clarita Food Pantry.
“It just feels good to do something nice, and help others. ” said Hunter.
It sounds like a simple reason, but Hunter isn’t looking for any recognition, even though some of his peers are calling him a hero. As a 13-year-old little league ball player, with two supporting parents, he realizes that there are those who aren’t as lucky as he is- those who have bigger worries than a missing baseball glove.