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The Way We Treat People – Pickup In The Rain

April 27, 2009

 

One night around 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 60’s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab. 
  
She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached. It
read: 
  
‘Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain  drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband’s bedside just before he passed away… God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.’ 
  
Sincerely,

Mrs. Nat King Cole

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. lviss permalink
    April 27, 2009 4:21 AM

    A GREAT STORY , MANY PEOPLE AVOID HELPING FOR FEAR OF GETTING WAYLAID.

    • April 27, 2009 1:17 PM

      Glad you liked lviss. I have a few more coming as well.

  2. April 27, 2009 8:13 AM

    Gary, I got goosebumps….great story….Thanks!

    • April 27, 2009 8:58 PM

      My pleasure! I have a few more of these coming so stay tuned. 🙂

  3. April 27, 2009 11:59 AM

    That’s a wonderful story. That’s one thing I have been learning lately, is you never know what a persons story is. And it’s better to lean on the side of kindness as this story shows. You just never know. What may be going on in a persons life.

    • Sue permalink
      April 27, 2009 4:20 PM

      I agree Starla!

    • April 27, 2009 5:15 PM

      I agree. This gave me goosebumps.

    • April 27, 2009 9:04 PM

      I agree TOTALLY!!! I didn’t used to be this way but over the years I have learned my lesson and have changed my attitude!

  4. LinksGambling permalink
    April 28, 2009 11:27 AM

    I loved this story!

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