If you look closely enough, you might discover a way to brighten someone’s day. Unfortunately, we often get lost in our own concerns, too preoccupied with our own challenges to notice what others are going through. Sofi Cruz, a young girl from South Carolina, recently had an opportunity to help someone, and she didn’t let it pass.

In a Facebook post, the teenager recounted how she was chatting with her close friend Jaheim when he made an unusual remark. The comment itself wasn’t particularly remarkable, but something about it stayed with Sofi for the next three days. “I’ve been planning something special for a dear friend of mine for the past week and a half,” she shared. “His name is Jaheim.”

“I’ve known Jaheim since third grade when we were in Mrs. Dragotta’s class.”

“He has always been the kid who completes all of his work on time, never misses school, is constantly assisting the teacher with tasks in class, and is always cheerful,” Sofi described Jahiem.

Last week, Jahiem made a plea, not wanting to appear needy, “Can someone buy me a pair of shoes? I don’t like mine, and I wear a size 10-11.”

“I’ve always wanted to do something for him but never had the money or confidence to do so,” the teenager explained.

However, with the support of her family and a new job, Sofi decided to take action this time. “Since I got a job and have been working hard, I saved up and bought him a pair of shoes the next day. My grandfather also helped me.”

In the heartwarming video, which has been shared thousands of times on social media and featured on news stations nationwide, Sofi surprises Jahiem.

Entering the classroom with a backpack, Sofi walks up to her unsuspecting friend.

She tells Jahiem that they have known each other for a long time and that he is a special friend to her. Sofi explains that since she got a job, she has been wanting to do something kind for someone, and she decided it would be him.

“This is for you,” she adds as she places the backpack on his desk.