August 24th, 2011
This story is inspiring as it exemplifies a person that despite his difficult circumstances has made it a point to show kindness and generosity even with the little he has. We may never know the impact we can have on another person with a good deed or for that matter how much we may need a helping hand sometime in the future when we are going through difficult times.
I myself have fallen on bad times in this economy but I have been blessed to have been given the opportunity to witness a person who has also had his share of trials, for the same reason, but seems to be able to look beyond his own troubles and care for strangers in need.
Robert is an electrical contractor in Atlanta, Ga. — hires me as a helper when he has work and needs help. He has had to file for bankruptcy, lost his home and now has to live back at home, with his mother, at the age of 46.
2 stories about how good a person he is:
We had a job in Fort Benning, Ga. Robert bought me breakfest at a McDonalds there. As we went to leave appearently someone needing work had noticed his work truck outside and approached us asking if he could get some work from Roberts’ company. Robert explained there was no work for the man and the man started to walk away. I figured that was the end of that but as I looked from the departing man back to Robert, I saw Robert getting out his wallet. The guy was gone — walking away a done deal — but Robert got out cash — went after the guy and gave it to him. When we were back in the work truck – I asked Robert — “Why did you chase him down ? – he was gone you were out of that begging” — Robert said “he really looked down on his luck — what does a few bucks matter”.
After a very long, hard day on a project in Austell, Ga. we stop at a Quick Trip for a soda for the drive back home. I got through the check out ahead of Robert and went back out to the work truck. Beside the truck was a women in a car. She had 3 kids in the car with her and asked me if I could help — she had been evicted — had no where to go with her children – the were living in the car. I told her I was also hurting in these times — sorry I could not. Robert came out opened the work truck and we got in. I immediately told him about the lady begging me for help and her circumstances — I was not being kind. I didn’t even finish my interpretation of the story when Robert was out his door — around the truck and giving the women money to help her and her kids out. When Robert returned I asked ” Why did you do that, she didn’t even ask you”. He said “I have an ex-wife and a kid — maybe, heaven forbid, if they need help and I am not able, someone will help them”.
Robert is a great guy, he really gives and expects no return. I wish I could be as caring in these times.
Sent in by Edward
Entry Filed under: Good Deeds