Most of us have been asked for money by someone on the street. Sometimes they’re homeless. Sometimes they’re just down on their luck. They say they need a few bucks to catch a bus, or get a burger, or grab a cup of coffee. But what do you say in those situations?
Many people ignore those in need and pretend they don’t even see them. They avoid their pleas and keep on walking. But Ariane Nelson took a different approach–and her actions had a huge impact.
A young man needed a gallon of milk
According to a viral Facebook story, Ariane was approached by a young man at a gas station. All he asked for was a gallon of milk. The woman’s first instinct was to say “no”, but then she saw his girlfriend standing there, holding a box of cereal. As she paid for her gas, she decided to grab the milk. She could have stopped there, but her kindness went even further.
What the woman did next was amazing
The woman said, “He thanked me and I started to walk to my car. Something in me made me turn around. I told them I was about to get a car wash but if he wanted to wash it for me I’d pay him $20. We went to the nearest car wash and he had tears in his eyes after I paid him!”
The young man said he appreciated the opportunity to work for his money, instead of taking a handout. He wanted his girlfriend to see that he was capable of taking care of himself. His girlfriend told him that he did a great job and she couldn’t stop smiling–she was clearly proud of his efforts.
She didn’t stop there
The young man and his girlfriend mentioned that they had been trying to find jobs. To help them out, the woman drove them to her apartment complex and gave them clothes for interviews. She then promised to drive them to any meetings or appointments they make.
It takes very little effort to make a difference in someone’s life. Next time someone approaches you for help, think about this amazing woman and the impact she made with just a gallon of milk and a little bit of kindness.
Ariane’s story, shared on the Facebook page, Love What Matters, has garnered over 25k shares and 3k comments in the last few months. People are touched by what she did and many have shared their own stories of kindness and love.
“There are still good people in the world today. My coworkers always ask, ‘Why are you so good to others?'” writes Facebook user Elsa Patterson, “My reply is, it could be you or I that needs help, we cannot turn our backs on others because of the way they dress or look. We are all one in God’s eyes.”
On Facebook, Stacye Greene commented: “On my way to work, in a rural area… Back roads… 8 miles to a gas station & I pass an elderly man getting out of a worn out car with a gallon jug in his hand starting to walk (limp) down the road. I was driving a reasonable speed and made it about a mile before God made me turn around. I stopped, got the jug, drove to the gas station (too scared still to let him in the car with me alone on back roads), drove all the way back, making me late for work..while he sat in his car. But worth every minute. Never know when I may need the favor. Pay it forward.”
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