Some people are only out for themselves. Once they get what they need, they don’t really care about the rest of the world. West Virginia-native James Johnston is not one of those people. He lives to make the world a more enjoyable, safe, and happy place for those around him. Johnston recently spotted an elderly man trying to mow his lawn, and he knew he had to do the right thing.
James was driving home from his own job as the owner of J&J Lawn Service when he spotted this elderly gentleman doing his best to mow a truly massive lawn. The man was using a push mower and struggling with some very tall grass.
Johnston could have simply driven by – he’d just come from mowing lawns for around 12 hours himself. But something about this man told this good Samaritan that he was in need of help, so he did what he knew was right.
The older man was sweating profusely and walking slowly. His wife looked on with sadness in her eyes, and the scene drew Johnston in. He needed to do something to help these people!
“I turned around and went back and unloaded my mower and drove across the street and asked the gentleman if I could help,” he posted on Facebook. “His eyes lit up and I took that as a yes. I ran down, jumped on my mower and went work.”
James got started mowing with his large, professional ride-on mower, and the man finally got a respite from his hard work. It took James almost no time to finish up the project and soon the yard was looking better than ever!
He stole a glance over at the man, only to see him resting his tired head on his wife’s soft shoulder. It was a perfect scene, and James couldn’t imagine a happier ending to his kind deed.
“It only took 15 minutes of my time but I changed their lives for a small moment. I hope someone reads this and feels like doing something good for someone tomorrow,” he added. “I’m grateful to be where I’m at and I’m thankful for the people that helped me get there.”
Not finished with his good deeds yet, James decided to do one more thing. He set up a campaign on GoFundMe for the couple to get a riding lawnmower, so the husband wouldn’t have to slave over the push mower every week.
James donated a significant amount himself and petitioned other business owners to do the same for this worthy cause. In just a few days, this gentleman had enough money for a riding mower and more! It was a miracle for an elderly couple that was struggling through their days.
This story just goes to show how much one little decision can impact those around us. Deciding to do good rather than to ignore those in need of help does nobody any favors. So next time you see someone who could use a hand, give it to them! You never know where that one could deed could take you.
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