A Canadian woman and her small son who moves around with the help of a wheelchair were stuck in the snow with nobody to help them until a couple of kind strangers saved the day.
On November 2, 2018, Shannon Ranger, from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, took to Facebook to tell the story of two Good Samaritans that offered her help when she most needed it, and it will restore your faith in humanity.
Ranger’s 6-year-old son Matthew Gessner was born with spina bifida, a condition that requires him to use a wheelchair, and even when they took all the precautions before going outside, the weather surprised them.
What happened next left such a positive impression in Ranger that she had to spread the word about it, and the world was happy to listen. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing for sure. I've had issues where an elevator is broken down at a train station and I've needed to take stairs and actually had to carry him and the chair. People just walk past us. It was very amazing to see such kindness.”
-Shannon Ranger, CBS News, November 5, 2018.
On that day, Ranger walked to Gessner’s school to pick him up on foot, accompanied by her other son and a friend of his, and both of them carried shovels to deal with the snow, but that ended up not being enough.
It was the first heavy snowfall the Edmonton area had in the season, and when they were still 1 mile away from home, they knew there was no way they could make it without help.
"I tried to call a cab but the taxi company said it would be a 25-minute wait," Ranger later told CBS News.
There she was with three children and no way to push Gessner’s wheelchair in the snow-covered sidewalk when a stranger noticed what the group was going through and stepped in to help them out.
The man came out of his home with a shovel and started to clear the way for the wheelchair to pass, but it was useless, so when a second man showed up, the two decided to carry Gessner with his chair and take him home.
“1Km they carried my son in his chair!! They really showed me that good people are out there! And I couldn’t be more thankful today!! Good things will for sure come their way!” a grateful Ranger wrote.
This story about the kindness of strangers reminded us of what happened to a 55-year-old woman who sustained an injury during a hiking trip in the Rocky Mountains at 14,000 feet high and was left unable to walk.
Beverly Wedelsted was approached by a number of well-intended hikers who tried to do something for her, and among them was the hero she was needing to get over her critical situation.
A man who identified as an active member of the army asked her if she was comfortable with him doing a fireman carry on her to walk the distance she had to cover.
He ended up carrying her for 200 years on his own before accepting any help. Then he taught the fireman carry to two other guys and they took turns to move Wedelsted 2.5 miles downhill.
It doesn’t take military training to show one’s kindness to someone in need, and when the time comes, even the simplest act can make a great difference to a person. This is how we make the world a better place, one act of kindness at a time.
Sometimes the older generations are too hard with teenagers, and they consider them selfish and uncaring individuals with no respect for the elders, but there is always a young man or woman who goes out of his or her way to prove them that it is all an unfair generalization.
14-year-old Elvis Ingersoll made the news after he was caught on camera as he rushed to help an old man cross the street during a hailstorm, sheltering him with a big umbrella.
Everything conspired for the positive piece of news to become widespread, and thanks to an impressed man who filmed the entire thing, the inspiring incident received unexpected attention.
“The attention that this getting is inspiring, especially with today’s media. Too often the attention goes toward such negative events which I think encourages people to do negative things,” Ingersoll’s father told ABC News.
“If Elvis going out there with an umbrella to hold over the man during a hailstorm encourages people to do similar acts of kindness, then we are all a winner,” the man added.