A Pennsylvania hotel manager is being applauded for going the extra mile to befriend a boy with autism.
Megan Haas and her 13-year-old son Colin had been staying at the Hampton Inn in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania back in March. Khalif Hill is the hotel manager and had been working at the front desk as he looked up to see Colin staring at him closely.
After Khalif checked the family in, Colin asked if he could show him a card trick, which Khalif accepted.
After that, the two spent over 30 minutes showing each other all kinds of different magic tricks. Colin went back to the front desk the following evening, only to be enthusiastically welcomed by Hill once more who was eager to share more card tricks with the boy.
Hill had no idea, but Colin has been using magic tricks as a way to cope with his autism. Not only that, Colin’s mom says that he has missed having male influences in his life after he lost his father several years ago—which is why Haas was so touched by the hotel managers kindness.
“It was such a small gesture but it meant SO much to Colin and I both,” Haas told Good News Network.
A Facebook post post about the story has already gone viral. In the post Haas described the encounter with Mr. Hill, saying: “He allowed Colin to hang out at the desk with him for what felt like forever, watching Colin do card tricks and then showing Colin some tricks that he knew as well.”
“He paused when he needed to, when the phone rang or a customer came in, but he never once made Colin feel like he was a nuisance or a burden.”
This has actually not been the first time that Hill has been a positive role model for autism awareness, either.
“Kahlif was actually helping to put together an event at the Applebee’s by the hotel a few weeks after this encounter,” Haas told GNN. “It was a pancake breakfast to raise money for autism awareness, so I took Colin back out to go to the event and they got to spend a little more time together and show more card tricks.”
Hill was recognized from Hilton Hotels for going above and beyong, but no one is more grateful for the meaningful encounter than Haas.
“I love and live for feel good moments like this,” she said. “It is so easy to be kind, yet seems to be such a rare occurrence these days.”
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