Sometimes there are stories out there that make us feel good and like maybe the world isn’t entirely full of terribleness all of the time. This story, about Justin Timberlake visiting a children’s hospital definitely falls in that camp.
It all started with patients at Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio, Texas created a video asking him to visit while he was in town for his upcoming concert. They filmed themselves dancing to “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” holding handmade signs that read “JT See Me”, and the video went viral, racking up over 50,000 views.
Even though the kids didn’t know it at the time, it caught the attention of one Justin Timberlake. He showed up before his concert and spent hours taking selfies, signing autographs, and chatting the kids up one-on-one in their rooms.
Annabelle Lugosi, a mother of a 4-year-old patient, told TODAY that Timberlake “took time with each individual child in his or her own room,” and that he “was so humble, and you could really tell that this wasn’t for publicity or anything like that. He genuinely wanted to be a bright spot in these kids’ lives for a day.”
There’s no doubt they’ll remember this day forever, and that goes double for a patient named Maria, who was invited to be his guest at the concert. Timberlake sent a limo for her, gave her a shoutout during his set, and generally set her up with the VIP treatment for the night.
Lugosi also told us that Timberlake was there to wave pom poms for a patient having a “final treatment” celebration, which involves a parade and a bell-ringing.
“They make it a really big, special deal, and it’s really cool that Justin was able to be involved in that celebration…”
The hospital posted their thanks on Facebook and Twitter.
“We want to thank Justin Timberlake for visiting with our amazing kids and their families! We also want to say thank you to YOU! for helping make this possible by sharing and liking their video. #JTSawMe”
If this quick video is any indication, the benefits of the visit went both ways. In it, JT can be heard saying “It’s amazing. The kids are so strong. It’s inspirational.”
— Justin Timberlake Brasil (@jtbrasil) January 18, 2019
Back at ya, JT. Peace, love, and hair grease.