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Construction Worker And Elderly Patient Show Surprising Acts Of Kindness


You never know how far an act of kindness can go, or who it can affect. When Gloria Porter and Jeff Reick began communicating, they had no idea how much it would inspire others to shower people with kindness. This is a lesson we could learn right now.

The Start Of Something Special

When 89-year-old Gloria Porter was hospitalized with pneumonia, she would often stare outside her window to watch construction workers building the new front entrance to the hospital. She wasn’t expecting one of the ironworkers to wave to her. She couldn’t help but wave back at the kind gesture.

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This was only the start of a special connection between the two.

A Simple Get Well Message

Jeff Reick knew Porter was ill so, he decided to send a kind message to her the only way he could—by finding some chalk and writing “Get Well” on one of the beams facing her window.

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“I just thought that was precious,” Porter commented. She knew she had to return the kind favor.

Returning The Favor

Porter watched the construction workers from her window, and she grew concerned when she saw them climbing the scaffolding one cold, windy day. The hospital’s nursing staff helped Porter write “Stay Safe” on a paper, which she then placed in the window for the workers to see.

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“That sign kind of crushed me,” Reick said. “When I saw ‘Stay Safe’ in the window, I kind of snapped my head around and said [to my coworkers], ‘Did you see that?’”

Inspiring More Kindness

The hospital staff took photos of the messages and shared them on social media. The simple acts of kindness spread and inspired others to engage in similar acts, including one woman who delivered a letter and free pizza to the construction workers.

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You never know how a kind gesture might affect someone. But, as Reick reflected, it was something he had to do.

“I just try to lead by example and be a good person,” he said. “I just hope everybody would do things like that because the world is not a very nice place.”

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