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College football player’s act of kindness restores mother’s faith in humanity

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. - College football players are known for being tough on the gridiron, but one player's kind heart is generating a lot of buzz.

Just before her daughter's third birthday, Megan Shufflebarger was preparing for the party.

Shufflebarger brought her 2-year-old daughter, Kinley, to the toy aisle of an Indiana Target store to get a better idea of gifts she would want.

That is when the pair met Tario Fuller II, a freshman football player at Purdue University.

Fuller noticed Kinley was picking out dolls for her birthday and decided to ask which one was her favorite.

When she pointed it out, Fuller immediately took the doll and told the little girl to stay there.

A few minutes later, Shufflebarger says Fuller returned with the doll in a bag and a receipt. The generous young man simply told Kinley, "Happy birthday, enjoy your dolly."

"What a reminder to never loose (sic) faith in humanity and to be generous and pay it forward," Shufflebarger wrote in a Facebook post. "To this generous young man, whoever you are, I hope you see this and more importantly, I hope you know what a good young man you are."

Shufflebarger told WTVR that Kinley is very protective of her new doll and carries it with her wherever she goes.

Kinley has named the doll "Princess Dolly."

"I want him to just know how much it meant to us and to her," she said.