As you may have seen on your Facebook feed, popular photoblog Humans of New York has been travelling the world this summer.
Photographer Brandon Stanton's last stop for the summer is Iran, where he has been capturing beautiful stories from the lives of average Iranians.
On Thursday, Stanton featured a young boy and his father from the city of Tabriz. The father explains that his son has always had a heart for service.
The post reads:
Today's his tenth birthday. He's a very emotional young man. He likes to solve other people's problems. One time when he was five years old, he came with me to the store and we bought two pounds of fresh apricots. I let him carry the bag home. He walked a little bit behind me the entire way. After awhile, I asked him to hand me an apricot. 'I can't,' he said. 'I've given them all away.' I knew then that I was raising a humanitarian.
The post soon tugged at many people's heartstrings...
Including one not-so-average guy: President Obama.
Obama wrote from the White House's Facebook account that the post really touched him:
What an inspirational story. One of the most fulfilling things that can happen to you as a parent is to see the values you've worked to instill in your kids start to manifest themselves in their actions – and this one really resonated with me. I hope this young man never loses his desire to help others. And I'm going to continue doing whatever I can to make this world a place where he and every young person like him can live up to their full potential. (And if I ever get to meet him, I hope he'll save me an apricot!)
Obama is not the only famous Democrat who has revealed themselves to be a HONY fan. Hillary Clinton famously commented on a heartbreaking picture of a young boy in July.
Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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