There’s nothing quite so inspiring as seeing people selflessly help those who are in need. When Chris Wright drove his family home from church one day, he saw a woman walking in the rain and initially thought nothing of it. When he got home, however, Chris couldn’t get the image out of his mind.
He dropped off his family and told his wife Carmen: “I have to go back. I have to help her.”
Chris’ need to help the woman, it turned out, made all the difference in the woman’s life — a real-life guardian angel was watching over her that day.
Carmen told CBS News that her husband’s decision wasn’t all that surprising, explaining: “You know when you have an urge and a desire something to do good? He was raised that way. He’s kind and generous to everyone. He’d never picked up anybody before, but he felt compelled.”
Chris wasn’t even sure he would find the woman, but he set off and found her, still walking in the rain.
Her name was TunDe Hector and Chris learned that she had no money and her car had run out of gas. He offered her a ride, filled her gas can, and even gave her the cash in his wallet before saying goodbye.
He was hopeful that his small act of kindness would help TunDe, but never knew just how big of an impact he had on the woman.
Three years later, Chris’ mother Judy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and he needed extra help to take care of his mom, as her health was declining. One of the nurse’s aides, they discovered, showed exceptional care and compassion for Judy, as Carmen explained: “She cared for her in the most respectful way. She had the utmost respect for human life.”
The aide was talking with Judy one day and remarked how the help of a stranger years earlier helped her turn her life around and fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse. Chris realized it was TunDe and that she was describing the day he helped her in the rain!
They couldn’t believe that their paths had crossed in such a serendipitous way, as Carmen remarked: “The encounter that had blessed them both three years ago, came full-circle. We don’t believe in coincidence. We’re a family of faith.”
Their story didn’t end there though, as Chris overheard TunDe talking with the nursing school about tuition she owed and he wondered if he could help her again.
Days later, TunDe was out celebrating her birthday when she found out that Judy had passed away. She left the party to be with Chris and his family. In lieu of flowers, Chris asked that family and friends donate to a YouCaring Page he set up to help raise money for TunDe’s tuition.
TunDe had no idea about the fundraising going on, but a video captured the amazing moment when Chris gave her a check for the amount that had been raised: $20,000!
In the video, Chris relays the story of helping TunDe and how their paths crossed again when she came to them to provide care for his mother. TunDe breaks down in tears but is told, “Just wait, it gets better!” And it does get so much better.
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