6 year old Jayden Hayes is an orphan. He lost his dad when he was only 4 years old. Recently, about a month ago, he lost his mother. She died unexpectedly in her sleep.
“I tried and I tried and I tried to get her awake — I couldn’t,” Jaden told the CBS Evening News.
Jayden recently told his aunt, and now guardian, that he was tired of seeing everyone sad all the time.
“I was getting him ready for bed, tucking him in, and he says ‘Auntie, I’m so tired of everybody with frowny faces. We need to make people smile,’” Jaden’s aunt Barbara DiCola told WSB-TV.
Jayden asked if his aunt would buy him several small toys. A rubber ducky or a ball, something simple. He wanted to take them downtown to Savannah, GA and give them away to people. He targeted people who weren’t smiling, then he handed them a gift.
While his goal is to make everyone smile, Jaden admits he is still hurting.
“But I’m still sad my mom died,” he told the CBS Evening News.
Jaden’s aunt said “The Smile Experiment” is helping him find a new purpose.
“I don’t know how his little brain is processing it, but I think this all is helping in his healing process,” Dicola told TODAY.
“It’s like sheer joy came out of this child,” DiCola told the CBS Evening News. “And the more people that he made smile, the more this light shone.”
Presently Jayden has counted 500 smiles. His goal is to get 33,000 smiles.
After his story was featured on Friday’s episode of the CBS Evening News, we think he may have already surpassed his goal.