SAVANNAH, GA.—Jaden Hayes is no stranger to grief. At just six years old, he has already lost both of his parents.
His father died when he was four, and his mother passed away unexpectedly just last month.
As he dealt with his own sadness, Jaden realized he was tired of seeing everyone around him look so gloomy.
His aunt and guardian Barbara DiCola recalls him telling her that they needed to do something.
"He [said] 'Auntie, I'm so tired of everybody with frowny faces. We need to make people smile."
Jaden asked his aunt to buy some toys and together they went to downtown Savannah and began passing them out to strangers, specifically people who weren't smiling.
They call it "The Smile Experiment" and so far Jaden has brought smiles to 500 people. Eventually, Jaden hopes he can bring smiles to 30,000 people.
"It's like sheer joy came out of this child," DiCola said. "And the more people that he made smile, the more his light shone."
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