Whoever is raising this girl needs to keep doing what they’re doing! #RaisedRight!
Makenna Woodburn was waiting in a long line for some of the Boston Red Sox to sign her baseball. And then she saw a real hero.
Makenna, seven, left her spot in line and approached U.S. Army Reservist Olyvia Russell, who was at the event in uniform, and asked for her autograph.
“She’s a hero instead of a baseball player,” Makenna explained.She added that she is saving her allowance to purchase a case to keep the ball in and that she plans to take the ball to show and tell.
We also have more info, from this VERIFIED REPORT:
Makenna got the autograph while at a spring training event at Jetblue Park, but the ball’s not signed by a baseball player. This signature belongs to someone who plays for our country’s team.
“One of the weirdest best feelings ever,” said US Army reservist Olyvia Russell.
Olyvia Russell was wearing her uniform Saturday when Makenna asked for her autograph.
“There was a huge line trying to get autographs and this little girl she was in line to get the autographs too and she stepped out of line, lost her spot in line and came over to me and she was like, ‘Can you sign my ball?’”
So Olyvia signed it, and hours later, the moment still stuck with both her and Makenna.
“I would really like to connect with her just to thank her personally,” says Makenna’s mother Angie Woodburn.
Russell says, “I was like wow I should’ve gotten her name or something. It’s probably because like she’s never seen like a woman in uniform because there’s not as many of us out there.”
A simple post in a Facebook group reconnected them in just several hours. They’re now friends on Facebook and hope to get together soon. That Facebook post is now going viral.
“That is the coolest thing ever,” says Russell.
Although it was a small gesture, it meant the world to both of them according to Makenna’s mom, “She’s the hero instead of baseball players.”
Makenna’s mother made this Facebook post:
“It’s crazy that she gave up meeting a celebrity just to talk to a soldier. And I mean I’m in the Reserve, so what I do is important, but there’s men and women overseas who are risking their lives every day, and it’s just really nice that she recognizes people like them. I’m just truly thankful for that.” -Olyvia Russell, US Army Reserves