We all know a little kindness can go a long way. For some, all it takes is a kind word, a little change, or help with some heavy groceries.
We live in a culture where “Don’t talk to strangers” has become a constant warning. We never feel safe thanks to criminals who dress up in UPS uniforms with the intention of invading our homes and law enforcement officers who aren’t really officers at all.
Thankfully, a group of college students used their gut instincts when it came to reaching out to stranger and Costco-shopper, Robert Duran. The day was like any typical day at the wholesale store, full of free samples and aisles and aisles of every bulk item you could imagine.
Except for one small detail. Duran’s clothing stood out in a way that pulled at a Grand Canyon University Freshman’s heartstrings.
The shirt featured a few simple words. “Kidney donor needed. Type B+. Ask me how.”
“Once I read his shirt I felt something in my heart,” freshman Karen Aguayo explained. “It’s not every day that you see shirts that say that and that was a first for my friends and I.”
We came across this man at Costco and we asked him about his shirt. He said he has been looking for a donor for four years and still nothing. Please do me a favor and RT this. For more info about him DM me. pic.twitter.com/yHfDJGMw50
— kxrn? (@_kerrrn_) March 28, 2018
Duran has been on the waitlist for a B positive kidney donor for a while. “I’ve been waiting right now three years,” he said in an interview with Fox 10 News.
Instead of waiting for a miracle, the 67-year-old Arizona native decided, along with his family and friends, to take action. “We go all over the place wearing them. We are just hoping someone sees them,” he said.
And someone did. Aguayo and her friends not only stopped to talk to Duran about the plea on his t-shirt, but they also decided to do something about it.
Aguayo’s tweet to help Duran spread the word has since gone viral. With over 262 thousand retweets, people on social media are making sure Duran, who is currently on dialysis, gets noticed.
“I think the Lord brought them down for me,” Duran said when speaking of Aguayo and her fellow students. “I really appreciate these three girls.”
If you can’t help as a donor, but want to help Duran and his family in other ways, please consider sharing this post on social media. You can also visit his GoFundMe page and make a financial donation to help him with medical expenses.
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