Random acts of kindness need not be grand to make an impact. A group of strangers might’ve rescued you and your dog from a hiking venture gone wrong. Perhaps a doctor delivered your baby in the middle of her own birth. Whatever the case, the common factor is gratitude. This stranded schoolgirl was overflowing with it when a bus driver went out of his way to help her get to class.
He promised the girl, who appeared to be about 11 or 12 years old, that she wouldn’t be late for class. He then arranged for a cab to pick her up outside a nearby grocery store, escorted her to the pick-up point and gave her around $6.50 of his own money so that she could cover the fare.
The unexpected deed caused a 10-minute delay in the bus schedule, but no one seemed to mind. In fact, passengers praised the everyday hero for his thoughtful gesture.
A spokesperson for First Bus told the BBC they were “delighted” with their driver, who had shown “exceptional customer awareness and consideration for this young girl, who was clearly very upset.”
The news first circulated on Facebook where, to no surprise, it has gone viral.
Some people boast unbelievable generosity and an incredible sense of compassion for others in need. While the likes of Bill Gates have donated billions to charity, others do what they can, such as this mom who provided breastmilk for struggling parents. However, it takes a special kind of patience to demonstrate kindness towards delinquents — especially law-breaking ones. This Toronto cop did just that, purchasing clothes for a pentinent shoplifter.
The would-be thief had attempted to steal a long-sleeved shirt, a tie and a pair of socks, [said officer Jeyanesan], adding such items are not common targets for shoplifters.
Jeyanesan said the teen had secured a job interview for a “service industry position,” but did not have professional-looking clothes to wear.
The 18-year-old claimed he needed to support his family financially after his father had fallen ill. Jeyanesan then decided to cover the $40 purchase and the teen was released without any charges.
“He understood the importance of what happened, that this could easily be seen as a crossroads in this young man’s life, and took the very commendable decision to assist in the way he did,”
Personally nowhere near as forgiving, I’m certainly glad that people like Jeyanesan exist!
It’s when we realize our privilege that giving back becomes instinctual. When you’re a good samaritan, kindness never ages. A child might raise funds for the local shelter or a grown woman might choose to change someone’s life. Sometimes, compassion is spontaneous. Take it from subway rider Maurice Anderson, who gifted the boots off his feet to a homeless senior suffering from frostbite.
“Maurice took the shoes off his feet in the middle of a Chicago cold snap,” [said witness Jessica Bell.]
“He didn’t draw a lot of attention to it,” she said. “It was so quiet and selfless.”
The heartwarming incident was fleeting, as Anderson noticed the man’s feet were visibly calloused and bleeding. Fortunately, Anderson appeared to be traveling, as he quickly changed into a backup pair of sneakers. Despite Bell’s retelling of the story going viral, Anderson has remained humble and without comment.
“I love that in a time and place where hate and apathy are rampant, quiet compassion appears without warning,” Bell wrote.
As much as we may not think so, kind and gentle souls are always upon us — even in the most unexpected places.