College Football Player Gave This Toddler The Perfect Birthday Surprise (Photo)


Buckle up, folks: I'm here with proof Target is the place where dreams come true.

Megan Shufflebarger was apparently walking through the store with her children when Kinley, her youngest, found herself distracted by a doll.

The 2-year-old's birthday was coming up, but Shufflebarger was hoping to accomplish errands rather than buy toys.

As Kinley begged her mother for the doll, Purdue University football player Tario Fuller II approached and asked the little girl which doll was her favorite.

According to a post on Facebook in which Shufflebarger detailed the interaction, Kinley pointed to one doll and told Fuller,

Then, the 19-year-old college freshman grabbed the doll and left the aisle.

Shufflebarger wrote,

According to the Facebook post, Fuller soon returned, to the family's surprise, with the doll packaged and paid for, telling Kinley,

In an interview with ABC News, Shufflebarger shared,

When the mother arrived home, she posted the photo to Facebook hoping to find the mystery gift giver, and people eventually identified the man as Fuller.

Purdue Athletics shared Shufflebarger's post on its Facebook page, praising Fuller for his kindness. The caption read,

The NCAA wrote an article in Fuller's honor, calling his actions “refreshing.”

In a response on Facebook last week, the running back said the flood of acclaim was an “honor.”

Citations: Student Stuns Mom And Toddler With Surprise Birthday Gift In Target (Huffington Post), Toddler Gets Surprise Birthday Gift From Stranger at Target (ABC News), Purdue football player buys toys for young girl's birthday (NCAA)