When Cindy Clausen, a Princeton, New Jersey bus driver, witnessed two of her little passengers perform a remarkable act of kindness, she couldn't let it go unnoticed.
Clausen wrote a letter home to Annaliese and Jorge's parents after the siblings cheered on a peer with a disability as he boarded the bus. Her note, which praises the children's compassion, was posted on the Love What Matters Facebook page and has since been shared over 3,000 times. It begins: "I am compelled to write to tell you how beautiful your children are, inside and out! This can only come from the home, your patience and guidance, the examples that you set and teach."
But for Annaliese and Jorge this is a normal every day action — not a single act of kindness. According to the letter, Annaliese and Jorge ask to sit with Jaxson Blue, a seven-year-old boy with a degenerative disease that makes walking difficult, every day. The brother and sister duo have made it their mission to be Jaxson's cheerleaders. "[Annaliese] just leaned out in the aisle and she cheered him on," Clausen told ABC News. "Her brother walked by the seat and said 'Don't worry, I've got Jaxson's backpack.'"
Annaliese and Jorge's parents have decided to remain out of the news, but Jaxson's mother, Belmax De Jesus, came forward once she heard about the kindness the siblings showed her son. "The parents are raising amazing children, and we need more news like this spread around the world," De Jesus told Today. Clausen couldn't agree more. "I see and experience many acts of kindness with 'my kids' on the bus," she explained to Today — this isn't the first praising letter she's written home. "We just want the kids to know we care about them."
And Annaliese wants Jaxson to know that she and her peers care about him. "If you be mean to people they will be sad and cry," Annaliese told ABC. "To be happy you have to show happiness in your heart."