What’s the last thing that made you so emotional that tears welled up in your eyes and you had a good cry?
I bet it wasn’t the same thing that made Jonathan Jones, a seventh-grader from Cottonwood, MN break down during school recently.
Jonathan was granted a gift that most of us all have and take for granted.
For a few minutes, Jonathan was able to see color.
During a recent class period in which they were learning about color blindness, Jonathan’s principal (who is also color blind) let him borrow a pair of specialty glasses that allow those who are color blind to see color.
Jonathan’s brother Ben, a student at Brigham Young University, shared a video on Twitter of Jonathan putting on glasses that let him see color for the first time.
Check out the tweet below.
My little brother is severely colorblind and so is his principle at school. While they were learning about colorblindness in class, his principle brought in some glasses that let him see color for the first time, and he was very emotional. Check it out: pic.twitter.com/LQhAND9RJq
— Ben Jones (@BenJones_5) November 21, 2019
Jonathan’s principal, Scott Hanson, knows everything that comes with being color blind. Many have been showering well-deserved praise on Principal Hanson for all of the great work he does in the school, and especially for the love and care he showed Jonathan in a moment when the youngster might have felt embarrassed for crying in class.
Hey Jon, if you can laugh and cry in the same day, that is the greatest day ever.
His kind act of lending the glasses to Jonathan for a few days so he could experience all he was missing gives you a glimpse into Principal Hanson’s heart.
After the video of Jonathan went viral, his mother, Carole, set up a Go Fund Me for those wishing to help Jonathan receive the gift of seeing color. This was her message:
After posting a video on social media of Jonathan seeing color for the first time, we have been overwhelmed by how many kind, generous people have wanted to help him get a pair of his own color blind glasses. We will use these funds to purchase his own pair and donate any additional funds to the Enchroma Foundation who purchase color blind glasses for those who can’t afford them.
Thank you all for your love and compassion. We are overwhelmed and encouraged to know there are so many amazing people in this world who would help a young man they have never met.
Donations have come pouring in from all over the world, and Carole’s goal of $350 was shattered within hours from dozens and dozens of people who have been leaving messages of support and encouragement.
- I feel you. You can do whatever you want, trust me. I am colorblind and as an electrician technician. They told me I couldn’t and now I have worked for 10 years.
- Everyone deserves to see in colour. You are such a sweet kid. Lots of love from Dublin, Ireland.
- You are an awesome kid! Love how your classmates/teachers/principal/ family supported you during that cool moment! Stay the coarse bud. Minnesota nice. Take care of each other. Love one another. More good thing to come for you.
- Colors are the smiles of nature 🙂 I’m so happy Jonathan gets to see the world in a whole new light.