“Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.” C S Lewis said those words a long time ago, but they still ring true today. When was the last time you did, or saw, a random act of kindness that spoke to your heart?
This story happened back in 2017, but we feel a reminder of kindness is long overdue. So much of our newsfeed is filled with tragedies, sadness, despair, and fear. We wanted to remind everyone that kindness does exist, and good people are all around us.
One Act of Kindness Can Change Everything
Ryan Hamilton was watching the crowd pour out of Wrigley Field from his rooftop apartment. The Chicago Cubs game had just ended, and fans were lining the street. Ryan noticed one fan wearing a Cubs jersey who was standing by himself for a while. The man was blind, holding a cane, and trying, unsuccessfully, to hail a cab. For several minutes, Ryan watched countless people pass the man by, none of them offered to help or asked if he was okay.
That was when Casey Spelman of Indianapolis spotted the man and decided to give him a hand. “I didn’t really think much of it at the time,” Spellman said. “It was after a Cubs game and it was still pretty crowded. I thought, ‘Man, it’s going to take him a while.'”
Realizing that no one was going to offer this man assistance, Casey jumped in to help. Ryan Hamilton started taking photos of this random act of kindness, as he watched it unfold.
“Do you want some help getting a cab?” Spelman asked.CBS News
“He said, ‘Yeah, you sound pretty, so cabs will probably stop for you before me,'” Spelman recalled Dale joking.CBS News
The man was identified as Yusef Dale, an assistant US Attorney in Chicago. Yusef and Casey spent the next few minutes talking about baseball and their love of the Cubs before a taxi eventually stopped. When they said their goodbyes, Casey and Yusef hugged, showing the world a true act of kindness. Casey even asked if Yusef preferred the front or back seat before helping in the taxi.
The caption of Ryan’s story on Facebook reads, “Wanted to give a shout-out to this girl. No idea who she is, but we are in Wrigleyville on the rooftop of Old Crow Smokehouse. There was a blind Cubs fan trying to hail a cab for several minutes until the lady came up and asked him if he needed help hailing a cab. She stood there with him until one pulled up. Awesome to see such kindness in a world that the media portrays so much hate in. Share freely in hopes that her kindness spreads.”
The post on Facebook has received over 38k reactions and an overwhelmingly positive response from the public.
“Thanks for sharing this!! I am so happy that you noticed this happening and took the time to capture it on your phone. You too are a decent human being that cares about others!”
“What a wonderful young lady… you can tell she was raised right!!! We need more young people like this… or just people in General! A little kindness goes a long way!”
“It is sad that this is such a surprising story. This is just a good hearted woman helping another. Should not surprise people. Should be what everyone should do. Period.”
“Great job, these are the kind of HERO’S we never get to here about, THANK YOU for sharing, and THUMBS UP 🖒to the young lady, JOB WELL DONE.”
“This just made our day!! Thank you Casey for being a real human being!! In this day and age it is so rare to see compassion with nothing expected in return. Karma will repay your kindness! You ARE a miracle!”Ryan Hamilton – Facebook
What do you think about this story? Did it touch your heart as it did ours? We certainly hope to see more acts of kindness like this one!