I try to always look for the good in people. I know. Sometimes it’s easier said than done.
But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t good going on around all of us constantly. And this is proof.
Over on the Single Dad Laughing Facebook wall I asked you all to share the nicest thing you’ve ever seen a stranger do for someone else. These were your replies.
Earlier last week, I shared the nicest anonymous things you’d ever done. That’s a lot of human goodness shared and that makes me happy!
Because. People really are good.
- A young family that always takes the bus near us was given $3,000 by a stranger just before Christmas to buy a vehicle so they wouldn’t have to wait in the snow for the bus.
- A friend’s sister from Somalia was arrested in Kenya for being out of the Dadaab refugee camp, and when we found out, we knew we needed to help. Her bail was set for a million shillings, about $1,500 Canadian. We organized a bake sale and bottle drive in a week, and we set her free. I never met her, but knowing I gave some kids their mom back is my proudest moment.
- My 15 year old son gave his McDonald’s meal to a homeless man who was resting in the shade. We were in the drive-through when he saw him. After ordering for himself he said, “mom take me to that parking lot so I can give that man my food.”
- I had a very messy drawn out divorce after what was an even worse Jerry Springer like marriage. After the divorce was final, I realized I had not seen a bill from my lawyer. I had to contact her regarding some divorce/parenting issues so I also asked about getting a bill and setting up payments. This was her condensed response- “You had a very ‘interesting’ case. You finally got out of a horrible situation. Go…live your life. You and your kids deserve this peace. Your account is paid in full”. This is an amazing woman that did this for us. She could have made a lot of money from me but all I paid was my retainer fee.
- The Christmas after a very painful breakup with my son’s father was going to be a tight one. I showed up early for work one day, and sitting in the staff room was a huge box wrapped in red fabric, with a note saying “Merry Christmas, from Santa”. There were tons of presents for myself and son. No one knew who dropped it off, I finally found out a year later and gave him a huge hug. Best Christmas gift ever.
- I saw a stranger pay for a woman’s groceries when her card was declined. She had three kids and $140 worth of food.
- My husband (then boyfriend) were in a bank and we noticed this 80 yr. old man was sobbing in the banker’s office. He didn’t know his wife had signed up for several auto-pay services and his checking acct. was overdrawn. He was on his way to a big chili cook off he’d gone to for over 20 years (this was the first year he was going to compete) when he discovered that his debit card wasn’t working. After a few minutes, they had everything sorted. He wasn’t mad, he understood what happened, but he was still really upset that he was going to miss the chili cook off. All he needed was gas money. I just happened to buy a few prepaid Visa gift cards the day before. I just handed him the gift cards as he walked out of the bank and simply said, “Go win that chili cook off.” I’ve never seen someone cry and dance at the same time. He hugged us both and promised he’d make the best chili the world’s ever seen and danced a jig on the way to his pick-up. It was one of the best feelings in the world. My husband told me a few years later that was the moment he knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. I know it is much longer than 40 words, but with all this crap going on in the world, I figured we should spend some more time talking about the good things.
- I took 5 of my kids to IHOP for dinner a few years ago and an older gentleman paid for our whole dinner. I had no idea until I went to pay and they said it was paid for. I was in the middle of a nasty divorce and had been treated so bad by people that his actions were a reminder of the good in the world. Unfortunately he had already left and I never knew who he was…
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