We all know that the world can be cruel sometimes, but getting reminders of how cruel the world can be is no fun. A recent story about a little girl who was ruthlessly teased because she was emotional at a soccer game (in this case, Germany v. England) is next-level horrible.
It’s beyond to think why grown adults would take pleasure in making fun of a little girl. But thankfully, a Welsh soccer fan stepped in reinforce everyone’s faith in humanity with some massive charitable giving.
According to Insider, the young girl who went viral — and was subsequently viciously mocked — was at the England v. Germany game, dressed in a German uniform, with the German flag painted on her cheeks. She was there to cheer on her team, who was playing against England. But her team lost, and she was upset. And her crying face was broadcast to the world after the game.
It should have been a sweet, if sad, moment of a young kid being absolutely super passionate about one of the greatest sports known to man. Instead, opposing soccer fans decided to be the worst, and relentlessly teased the literal child online. They tweeted cruel jokes about a little girl who doesn’t look like she’s older than 10-years-old.
Several of those horrible tweets were curated and shared by former soccer player Stan Collymore, writing, “No words necessary,” as a way to condemn how horrible people are being about a young girl. It’s hard to understand what type of person would put the garbage out there about a little girl who loves soccer.
And others felt the same way – including a Welsh soccer fan who wanted to show the kinder side of the world. So without knowing the little girl, he set up a crowdfunding fundraiser to show the little girl from Germany that “not everyone from the UK is horrible.”
“This is just meant to be a token of goodwill. Yes, there are other potential good causes, but I’ve picked this,” the message on the donation site read. “I’d like to think that the parents of the little girl will spend this on a nice treat for her so that she knows that not everyone from the UK is horrible and that we care.”
The crowdfunding raised more than $50,000 US (£35,000), and the girl was identified. And the money donated is going to do even more good – since it will be donated to charity.
“In the interests of our daughter and our family, we would like to remain private; however, we wish to thank everyone for your amazing support,” the parents said in a message on the crowdfunding page. “Our daughter would like to request your generous donations go to UNICEF, knowing that your kindness will do good.”
The story is terrible — and perhaps the grown adults who made fun of this kid will feel a little bit chastened considering she decided to take the goodness given to her by gift and give it to those who need it more than her. And maybe next time people will think before they tweet mean things about actual children.