Teen Stops to Cover Wheelchair-Bound Woman in Hot Sun with Umbrella As She Waited for Bus


It was a hot afternoon in Houston when teenager Louis Jordan was driving downtown. The teen spotted a woman, sitting alone in the heat, waiting for the bus.

Louis was compelled to stop and check on the woman’s wellbeing. The resulting act of kindness has gone viral, restoring faith in humanity for people around the country.

Louis was troubled when he saw the woman, sitting in a wheelchair under the blazing hot sun. He stopped his car, took out his umbrella and walked over to the woman.

“It was unbearably hot,” Louis told KTRK-TV. “I wouldn’t want to be out there in the sun.”

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So Louis did what he thought best — he held his umbrella over the woman’s head for nearly two hours while she waited for transportation to arrive. He learned her name was Michelle, and the two became buddies as they chatted and waited together in the heat.

“It was going to be a little longer for (the) Metro Lift to come and get her, so we ended up waiting out there for an hour and 45 minutes,” Louis said.

But the duo made the best of it, laughing and joking and discovering what they had in common.

“We laugh, joke — she’s in a book club,” Louis laughed. “Come to find out, she likes pork chops.”

Louis’ random act of kindness has turned into a regular occurrence. Whenever Louis sees Michelle waiting at the bus stop, he grabs his umbrella and stops to say hello.

“I am one proud mama,” said Louis’ mother, Bernette Botts. It was Botts who took the viral photo, and she said her son’s actions are just a part of who he is.

Last year, Louis rescued his grandma who was trapped in her home during Hurricane Harvey. Once grandma was safe, Louis called his mom and said, “I got her.”

Louis says he’s been through hard times before, moving him to want to help others.

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“I pray that God allows me to be used every day — I’ve been down and out so much,” Louis said.

Louis’ kindness to a stranger has reminded people that despite the brokenness of this world, there are still good people doing small things that make a world of difference.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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