Stories of Kindness from Around the World

A Regular Person's Christmas Compassion


--by MissDre, posted Jun 22, 2010

This was written by a Metro Denver Hospice Physician: 

I was driving home from a meeting this evening about 5, stuck in traffic on Colorado Blvd., and the car started to choke and splutter and die - I barely managed to coast into a gas station, glad only that I would not be blocking traffic and would have a somewhat warm spot to wait for the tow truck. It wouldn't even turn over. Before I could make the call, I saw a woman walking out of the "quickie mart" building, and it looked like she slipped on some ice and fell into a gas pump, so I got out to see if she was okay. 

When I got there, it looked more like she had been overcome by sobs than that she had fallen; she was a young woman who looked really haggard with dark circles under her eyes. She dropped something as I helped her up, and I picked it up to give it to her. It was a nickel. 

At that moment, everything came into focus for me: the crying woman, the ancient Suburban crammed full of stuff with 3 kids in the back (1 in a car seat), and the gas pump reading $4.95..
 
I asked her if she was okay and if she needed help, and she just kept saying 'I don't want my kids to see me crying,' so we stood on the other side of the pump from her car. She said she was driving to California and that things were very hard for her right now. So I asked, 'And you were praying?' That made her back away from me a little, but I assured her I was not a crazy person and said, 'He heard you, and He sent me.' 
 
I took out my card and swiped it through the card reader on the pump so she could fill up her car completely, and while it was fueling, walked to the next door McDonald's and bought 2 big bags of food, some gift certificates for more, and a big cup of coffee. She gave the food to the kids in the car, who attacked it like wolves, and we stood by the pump eating fries and talking a little. 

She told me her name, and that she lived in Kansas City. Her boyfriend left 2 months ago and she had not been able to make ends meet. She knew she wouldn't have money to pay rent Jan. 1, and finally in desperation had finally called her parents, with whom she had not spoken in about 5 years. They lived in California and said she could come live with them and try to get on her feet there. 

So she packed up everything she owned in the car. She told the kids they were going to California for Christmas, but not that they were going to live there. 
I gave her my gloves, a little hug and said a quick prayer with her for safety on the road. As I was walking over to my car, she said, 'So, are you like an angel or something?' 
 
This definitely made me cry. I said, 'Sweetie, at this time of year angels are really busy, so sometimes God uses regular people.' 

It was so incredible to be a part of someone else's miracle. And of course, you guessed it, when I got in my car it started right away and got me home with no problem. I'll put it in the shop tomorrow to check, but I suspect the mechanic won't find anything wrong. 
 



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Readers Comments

erinvictoria wrote: I wish i hadn't just put on eye make-up before reading this. I probably look like a raccoon now. This is what it's all about, isn't it? Amazing grace, how sweet it is. Thank you so much for sharing this story, i won't forget it.
Zevelina wrote: A regular person gives miracle*** lovely
Oazha wrote: Its always nice to know that we still have the ability to be an angel or something. For me being able to help others is an opportunity.
shamini wrote: Miss dre,
You are an angel :)
trueblue wrote: Lord almighty god. That is one of the nicest story's i think i have ever read. What a wonderful life changing moment for the girl. Big smiles to you :-)
success wrote: This is wonderful. Definitely made me tear up and gave me the chills.
cabbage wrote: My eyes are full of tears, and i have goosebumps reading your story.

What an amazing blessing that you got to be an angel for this stranger. I guess we all have that ability--we just need to be on the lookout for chances to use it! Thank you for inspiring me. Lots of love.
peggy wrote: What aw wonderful story! Now i need to go out and do the same! It is in the giving we are only then truly really human!
Dee wrote: I had the man upstairs send help! I was in ohio i'm from nebr. My boyfriend at the time was having amoment of yelling at me we were on are way to new york to visit his family while he was yelling we got in a car accident the car was trashed had to be towed. I sat down and prayed. I was in the middle of know where not much money and did't know what was going to happen started to cry. Thats when a car pulled up and woman asked can i help you i looked up and said yes she said i seen them towwing the car off and seen the out of state plate and something told me to turn around and help. She took me to her home it was a big house pool ect i asked if i could us her phone called home to see if i could get some money to get to ny no one could help me my boyfriend tried his family they couldn't help there i was stuck didn't know what to do that's when the woman and man came in and said the lord's tooken good care of them and that they were going to take us to gray hound and buy us tickets to ny and brought us food on the way, the man upstairs sure helps when your down he'll send someone!
Namaste wrote: This story absolutely made my day (and I shed a tear of grace/thankfulness for angels!). I also sent it to several other people. Thank you so much for posting it!

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