Doing a kind deed or two usually doesn’t cost us much. A smile at a stranger, holding open the door for someone, or buying someone’s coffee doesn’t break the bank and it usually makes a significant impact on someone’s day. But what do we do when that good deed ends up costing a couple hundred dollars? Many of us wouldn’t be able to do it. We’d want to, but bills and obligations usually make this decision for us. One man didn’t care what it cost him, he was going to help the boy no matter what.
When I was 12, I was on my way back home from school. I was riding my bicycle, and at this crossing, a car in a traffic jam made space to let me through. While crossing the road, I got hit by this driver, trying to overtake the whole lane, so he wouldn’t have to wait out the traffic jam. The car hit me, scooped me up, launched me into the air, which resulted in a broken kneecap, a broken nose and a broken rib for me.
The driver who hit me fled the scene, but the driver who let me pass took care of me till the Amber Lamps arrived, and made sure I stayed awake.
Now that’s not where it ends. The guy who took care of me was so mad about the driver fleeing the scene that he actually put some advertisements in a few national newspapers, describing the car, and where the car might have possibly been damaged. After 3 days, the guy turned himself in, claiming that the advertisement lead people to figure out what he did and threaten him.
So a random stranger spent quite some money on getting an advertisement out so the guy who ran me over could be found. I never heard of that stranger after, but I’m pretty sure the driver wouldn’t have turned himself in if it weren’t for the ads.
The driver wouldn’t have come forward if not for this stranger. The boy’s family would have had to pay for all of his medical expenses (and a new bike!) out of pocket…luckily, the man was found thanks to the stranger’s generous actions. What would YOU have done?
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