Custodian Overwhelmed When Student Gifts Sneakers He Couldn’t Afford


By Meredith Ganzman

Senior Tristan McAlister wanted to surprise his high school custodian, Angel Echevarria, with new sneakers, after he told him that he couldn’t afford a pair.

Angel has been working at the Virginia school for about two years. And the two have always bonded over their love of sports and sneakers.

He even advised Travis to go for a pair of Air Jordan 8’s when he was in the market for a new set of kicks. But to get a pair himself was just overwhelming, Echevarria says.

"Kid came back to me just today. Truly blessed me. Truly blessed me. Truly touched my heart. Kid almost made me cry for what he did for me."

Their matching shoes are a step in the right direction as they embark on a new school year.