See how far a smile and wave can go

By Kelli Bender
February 26, 2014 01:00 PM

Tinney Davidson has a simple morning routine: smile and wave.

For the past seven years, the 84-year-old has sat beside the window of her home in Comox, British Columbia, to enthusiastically greet the Highland Secondary School students who walk by, reports Comox Valley Record. Davidson’s pleasant hellos have become a daily highlight for many of these high schoolers, so the students decided it was time to give back.

On Valentine’s Day, the school welcomed Davidson to a surprise assembly celebrating her kind spirit. The guest of honor was brought into a gym packed with smiling students, who gave Davidson handmade cards and plenty of hugs as a thank-you for the smiles she has spread over the years.

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The students also recognized Davidson’s charitable work. After her granddaughter was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago, Davidson began knitting hats and selling them to people who passed by her home. All the profits from her handiwork go to St. Joseph’s General Hospital, the same hospital that helped Davidson’s granddaughter beat her battle with cancer.

Davidson, who sees her waving tradition as a treat in itself, was moved to tears by Highland’s act of gratitude, telling the Comox Valley Record: “I m overwhelmed, happy and grateful. My happiness is having children wave at me.”

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