Posts Tagged With: act of kindness
Whether it’s at home, work, or just out in public, we brush by people all the time. It’s rare that we have genuine interactions with people as well, but stories of strangers who show each other their humanity are often heartwarming beyond belief.
Take Heidi Rubin’s story for example. She had been going through one of the worst times in her life before an Applebee’s manager was able to cheer her up. Her story was so inspiring that it went viral and ended up being liked over 10,000 times, shared over 1,000 times, and commented on over 450 times.
Just wait until you hear her remarkable experience at the all-too familiar neighborhood Applebees.
“Applebees, my husband and I visited your location in Summersville WV on Sunday. We were driving back to Beckley WV from Pittsburgh after the worst 3 days of our lives.
Our precious 6 week old baby girl was flown to Children’s hospital in Pittsburgh early Wednesday morning and passed away Saturday morning. We didn’t even know she was so ill until then.
“My in laws were in the process of moving all the baby stuff into storage so we wouldn’t have to deal with it when we got home. Unfortunately it was taking a bit longer than we thought it would so we stopped at your restaurant for the first food we had eaten since Friday.”
Shortly after another manager came up to us and gave me a big hug and offered her condolences. As we were about to leave we asked for our check. I broke down when I read the note they gave us with it saying they covered our lunch. The bartender asked if she could give me a hug and I tearfully said yes.
I really wish I could remember their names. The last few days have been such a whirlwind that my mind is not a steel trap right now.
I wanted to thank all of them from the bottom of my heart. It’s such a small gesture that brought much needed light to a period of profound darkness in our lives. Their compassion will never be forgotten.”
Lee Bondurant of Raleigh, North Carolina, was “touched” last month when a stranger offered to feed him after learning he has cerebral palsy and is unable to use his hands.
The kind act occurred when Lee, 51, was joining his mom, Linda Bondurant-Snow, for a Memorial Day weekend meal at 42nd St. Oyster Bar in Raleigh on May 28.
“Lee is such a positive person. He never has lost faith in his fellow man,” Linda Bondurant-Snow of Garner, North Carolina, wrote in an email to ABC News. “If anything, Lee lifts others up. This is not only coming from me as his mother. You could ask anyone at his job, or [a] friend.”
Courtesy Linda Bondurant-Snow
Because Lee is unable to use his hands, Linda was trying to feed both herself and Lee at the same time when their waiter, a college student named Five, offered assistance.
“He casually came over and asked Lee if he had ever had oysters,” Linda recalled. “Lee told him he had not. So, [Five] asked [if he] could he serve him his first. It was smooth not to embarrass Lee. Just offering [to] share in the experience.”
Linda posted the story onto Lee’s Facebook page where it received over 1,300 shares.
“When you dine at 42nd Street Oyster Bar please ask for a server by the name of “FIVE” (a college student) He saw me trying to eat and help Lee,” she wrote. “He insisted on helping showing Lee total respect. Let’s me know there are still decent and compassionate people left in our country. Pay it forward for FIVE!”
Hunter Correll, general manager of 42nd St. Oyster Bar, told ABC News: “In regards to the story, Five has been overwhelmed with the attention, as he was just doing what he thought was the right thing to do. We are beyond fortunate to have so many loyal and caring staff members. It makes it so easy to come to work every day, as you can imagine.”
Linda said Lee hopes people can learn how important it is to treat people who have special needs “with respect and kindness, not pity.”
“They are ‘normal’ on the inside,” she said. “[They] have the same feelings we all do.”
That’s what one person said about this scene.
It’s nothing earth shattering.
Just a simple act of kindness.
A young employee from a Hardee’s in Knoxville Tennessee.
Helping an elderly woman back to her car.
It was posted on the Hardee’s Facebook page.
David Yardley took the picture and this was his caption:
It really was just a kind moment to witness between your worker and an elderly lady.
I came through the drive through and went across the street and just happened to look over at Hardees as I pumped my gas and happened to see this as it took place.
Your worker had been cleaning the glass when the (elderly woman) started out to her ride.
He stopped what he was doing and took her by the hand and helped her across the sidewalk and parking lot to her ride.
It just really spoke to me, I guess since so much negative media lately has been around the race card.
Black and white young and old all come together in this picture.
I watched as he continued to help her until she was in the car and left.
I admire this young man and appreciate his kindness.
July 13, 2015
The young man’s name is Kailen Young.
And Hardee’s ended up giving him $1000 to show their appreciation.
Afterword he told WBIR-TV:
“It’s just a normal thing for me.
(The reaction has) been very humbling, very heartwarming.”
Bobbi Clare is the woman he helped.
She told WBIR-TV:
“I felt a little touch of heaven, that kindness and goodness in the world.
We need that so much, don’t we?”
We sure do.