One small act of kindness goes a long way. A good Samaritan lent a helping hand to someone in need. Years later, their paths crossed again when his family, in turn, needed support.
It was in 2014 that Chris Wright and his family were traveling one rainy day to church in Georgia, the United States. He noticed a car on the roadside and a woman with a gas can. Concerned, he pulled over.
The woman was TunDe Hector, and according to CNN, she said, “One Sunday I ran out of gas on the highway, I started walking with my gas can and I only had $5, and this guy pulled up and said, ‘you need help?’”
Chris told her to jump in the car and drove her to the closest gas station.
Chris felt in his heart that he needed to pay for the gas. He gave her $40 and drove her back to her car.
Three years passed, and Chris’s mother, Judy, become gravely ill with Parkinson’s disease.
The family required the assistance of nursing aides. But there was one particular nursing aide that Chris’s parents took an immediate liking to, and hoped she could continue to visit.
“My dad called me after she leaves and said, ‘Hey, I got a lady that we need to use because for whatever it is, there’s something different about her that I feel better when she’s in the house and your mom loves her as well,’” Chris recalled his dad telling him, as reported by ABC News.
A meeting was arranged with this nursing aid, TunDe Hector, so Chris could discuss what times she could come and visit. In conversation, Chris’s parents told TunDe which church they’re from, and that’s when TunDe said she had once met the kindest man from that very church.
TunDe recalled a touching incident from a few years ago that had always stayed with her, involving a man who helped her one day when her car ran out of gas.
All of a sudden, Chris, eyes welling up with tears, realized who she was.
“I just looked at her and I said, ‘TunDe, that was me,’” Chris recalled. “She said, ‘take your hat off.’ And so I took my hat off and she said, ‘It was you.’ And we both, we just cried and had a moment right there.”
TunDe cared for Judy with all her heart. The family came to learn of her dream to go to nursing school.
Sadly, Judy died on July 9, which is also TunDe’s birthday.
Speaking of his late mother, Chris says, “She was the best mom that I could have ever dreamed of. She loved unconditionally.” He added: “Just a loving, gentle, yet powerful woman. That’s probably a good way to explain her.”
The Write family, instead of merely presenting TunDe with some beautiful flowers as a token of appreciation for her great work, decided to do something more meaningful. They set up a YouCaring account to crowd-fund TunDe’s tuition fees for nursing school. They were going to help her fulfill her dream.
Within 45 minutes, the fund had exceeded the goal of $1,000. In less than a week, the total reached $8,000.
Upon being presented with the check, TunDe cried out: “Lord, have mercy! … Y’all don’t know how worried, I was so worried [about] how I’m going to pay for my school. … I’m overwhelmed!”
“We know that God orchestrated this whole thing and wove it together,” Chris said.
“We just kept saying, ‘There’s got to be something good that will come for this.’”
It’s humbling to learn how one good deed, which Chris performed years ago on that rainy day, could lead to such a wonderful chain of events.
Watch TunDe’s reaction when gifted with the check that was to change her life:
Photo Credit: YouTube Screenshot | Carmen Wright.
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