Young Man's Act Of Kindness Goes Viral
FaithTap Staff 2/21/2019
When Jared Stice heard the store clerk ask if someone knew how to change a flat tire he did not hesitate to raise his hand. He was not even aware that the person in need of his help was a 91-year-old man or the fact that he was undergoing treatments for his skin cancer. All he knew was that someone needed help.
He had no clue who the man was and yet he was ready to take action and fix his flat tire. He didn't need a long time to think it over. All he knew was that he could help and so, he did. What he did not know though was that someone took a picture of him while doing the good deed and his act of kindness did not go unnoticed.
It was a cold day in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Jared was on his shift as a QuikTrip employee when Arthur McAfee entered the store asking for help in fixing his flat tire. Instantly, Jared offered to fix it, not even thinking about what he was wearing out in the cold.
After fixing the tire, Arthur thanked Jared and offered to pay him but the kind man said “no”. Both of them went on with their day afterwards. But, it was not meant to be a simple encounter because someone had secretly taken a photo of Jared’s good deed and posted it online. That night, Jared got a text from his girlfriend saying that he was all over the internet.
He did not know what he was on Facebook for until he saw the snapshot of what he did earlier that day. People were praising him for his act of kindness even though they did not know who he was. Obviously, a lot of people were touched and inspired by his kindness and willingness to help another person in need. It was such an amazing thing to see people appreciating what he had done.
Arthur, on the other hand, was also unaware that his picture was going around social media until a friend from church mentioned it to him. His sister from another state also knew about it and told him. Their story has reached a lot of people and both are amazed by how one picture could inspire others to see that there is still kindness in the world.
Knowing that there are people who are always willing to help others in need is inspiring. Jared proved that kindness is always out there, despite the negativity that sometimes seems to happen often. His simple act of kindness is something that reminds us of how we should love each other and that we can show it in the simplest ways.
And you know what was the sweetest thing of all? Jared found out that he is, in fact, friends with one of Arthur’s grandsons! What an amazing story, indeed.