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Elderly Woman Afraid To Cross Street Offers Young Man a Free Lunch if He'll Walk with Her

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Remember the film “Pay it Forward” with Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt? The film was a great success, as was the bestselling novel it is based on.

But why did this story do so well? Could it be simply because we love the idea of random acts of kindness or “paying it forward?”

I think the answer is obvious. Stories like this one resonate with us somewhere deep inside. It’s the reason we never get tired of reading about kindness on social media.

One man from Memphis, Tennessee, became a hero to an elderly woman recently. His willingness to help when he didn’t think anyone was watching shows his true character.

According to a Facebook post from Local Memphis ABC 24, a random act of kindness occurred just outside of the Criminal Justice Center in Shelby County.

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You read the words “criminal justice center” and you might already have a few feelings that arise. The word “criminal” alone makes me uneasy.

The elderly woman who came out of the building must have felt the same way. She was alone and didn’t want to walk to her car without someone by her side.

From the photo, it also looks like a busy street, so we can also guess the lady felt apprehensive about crossing traffic without a well-bodied escort.

Have you witnessed any random acts of kindness?

According to the post, this woman “approached a young man, a stranger, and told him that she would buy his lunch if he would… walk her to her car.”

A favor for a favor. Very sweet indeed, but the real clincher is this young man’s response to the elderly woman.

Local Memphis reported his priceless words. “He said, ‘Ma’am… I’ll be happy to walk you to your car and you save your money… you don’t need to buy me anything.”

The entire thing was witnessed by reporter Tish Clark who says she happened upon the pair while doing another story. She says the woman was so grateful and even hugged the man.

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We’re so glad she caught their hug on camera. We need more gentlemen like this young man in the world. I have an inkling the elderly lady insisted on buying him lunch anyway, but we’ll never know.

We do know that moments like these happen more than we realize. It brings a sense of comfort and reminds me of a quote credited to Aesop that says, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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