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Video of boy fixing neighbor's Christmas tree inspiring other acts of kindness

Posted at 11:48 AM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 14:02:52-05

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. -- A 10-year-old boy in Michigan is spreading joy this holiday season after his act of kindness was caught on camera.

Semaj Alexander of St. Clair Shores has an outgoing personality and is an avid car enthusiast.

"When I'm 21 or 19 I want a car, a Porsche GT3 RS," he said.

The fifth-grader was walking home from school on Wednesday when he saw a neighbor's Christmas tree tipped over on the porch.

"I stopped and I thought it would probably be nice if I stopped and fixed the tree for them," Alexander said.

The act of pure kindness was caught on camera by a porch camera. Aimee Ryan was at work when a notification came through on her phone that someone was on the porch.

She was touched by the boy's generosity and manners.

"It just made my heart happy," Ryan said. "It's such a wonderful thing to see such a genuine little boy do something out of his heart."

Ryan's family surprised Alexander with three tickets to the Lions vs. Packers game on Dec. 29. Alexander is taking his mother and father.

Ryan also gave him a gift card and posted the story on social media where it's been shared hundreds of times and inspiring others to perform acts of kindness. Some posts say Alexander should receive an award from the city.

Alexander's mother, Candice Krasnicki, said she saw the video and couldn't believe it was her son.

"I'm very proud," Krasnicki told WXYZ. "The things that I instilled in him, he uses it."

Alexander credits his parents for teaching him to treat others with kindness and grace.

"I just want to say be kind," Alexander said. "If something is broken, even it it's not yours, fix it."

This story was originally published by Rudy Harper at WXYZ.