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Brave Bus Driver Selflessly Acts On Instinct – Ends Up Being Celebrated As a Hero

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Bus driver Renita Smith is being hailed as a hero when she helped 20 students escape an inferno that engulfed the bus.

Her courage was lauded by the neighbour’s who witnessed the incident as well as everyone who read about her bravery.

‘Mommy mode’ engaged

Smith says she’d just made her third or fourth stop on her route when the bus started to smoke and the lights on the dash started to flash.

She prepared to call for backup, but then looked in the rearview mirror — flames were coming from the back of the bus.

“I put the mic back down, undid my seatbelt, jumped up, got my babies, and got off,” she told ABC News in a 2016 story. “Once we got off, neighbors kicked right into ‘Mommy mode,’ as I call it, and helped the kids get to a safe haven. When that was going on, I ran back onto the bus to make sure there was no children on the bus.

“By the time I got to the last step on the bus, it just went up in smoke.”

Renita Smith

Neighbors witnessed the driver’s bravery

Fazlul Kabir saw the plumes of black smoke from the bus first-hand and said he and other neighbors were astonished at what Smith did to help the kids.

“The bus was completely destroyed by the fire,” Kabir told ABC News. “Without [Smith], the school children couldn’t be actually saved. … She went inside for the very last time. She went inside and checked each seat to see if any of the students were left there. … It’s a fairly long bus actually. It’s not a small bus. She checked if everyone was out and nobody was inside. … She’s brave.”

Duty not just as a driver, but as a human

Lisa Maitland, a student on the bus said she had no idea about the fire until someone yelled, “Fire!”

“When I was smelling the smoke, it smelled like a rubber kind of gas,” she told ABC affiliate WJLA-TV. “I felt scared. I was about to cry but my brother did instead, so I helped him.”

Fortunately, no one was hurt in the blaze, which police said may have started “near one of the rear wheels.”

For Smith, making sure the kids were okay is something anyone in her position would do — or at least they should.

“When I’m driving them, you’re my children until I drop you off to your biological parents. I have to handle each child with care, as a mommy would her own, so that’s what I did,” she said.

“That’s what I hope any human being would do for any child.”

Renita Smith

The power of Mommy Mode

When danger confronts us, it can be extremely hard to know how to react — and certainly running into a burning anything isn’t everyone’s first instinct. But remarkably, that’s what this bus driver did. She allowed her maternal instincts to trump any fear she might have been feeling, and thanks to her, all the kids were safe, proving how powerful “mommy mode” really is.

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Courage is found in unlikely places

A minute of courage can save a life.

https://www.goalcast.com/bus-driver-acts-fast-and-saves-20-children-from-deadly-inferno/

Heroic Man Jumps Onto Subway Tracks To Save Man In Wheelchair

By | danger, everyday heroes, Food for thought, inspiring, stories, uplifting news

When a man using a wheelchair fell on the subway tracks of Union Square Station in New York City, Good Samaritans sprung into action.

One man literally jumped.

Jumping to aid

A bystander-turned-hero immediately launched himself off of the platform and onto the tracks to help the fallen man. He first attempted to pick up the man right away, but then moved the wheelchair back onto the platform. Finally, he reached back for the man and lifted him by the torso as others on the platform pulled the hero to safety. Moments later, the train arrived.

The rescued man was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment for his injuries. They are not believed to be life threatening.

Witnessing the amazing

The video of the man being pulled to safety was recorded by CBS New York reporter Lauren Mennen. She witnessed the event at around 1:15 pm on August 4.

Mennen says, “One man jumped right into action. He didn’t think twice whether he was going to go on those tracks.”

“I was like, people need this. There’s heroes in action and I was like I’m going to wave my hand at the train and it will all be good. I hope people just take positivity away from all this.”

– Lauren Mennen

People acted together to save another human life. The concept of “we are stronger together” is one that the world definitely needs right now. In a time where isolation has become a consistency, we can often feel further and further away from others. This act of heroism reminds us of the humanity that does in fact exist, and that we are in fact not alone.

Call to action

When you receive a call to action, answer! Spring into action when you are in a position to help someone in need. While crisis situations will often be guided by instinct, sometimes you need a little self-encouragement to get involved in the affairs of others. When someone so clearly is in a position where they need assistance, be that help if you have the capability.

Life will surprise you, often. The nature of reality is such that when society comes together, you can expect the unexpected. There are everyday heroes everywhere. Be the hero where and when you can and answer the call to do the extraordinary.

More uplifting stories:

https://www.goalcast.com/2021/08/24/man-jumps-subway-tracks-save-wheelchair/

Teen Skips Graduation Because Parents Can’t Make It – His Manager Steps In

By | everyday heroes, Food for thought, inspring, leadership, stories, uplifting news

There are certain rites of passage that one looks forward to for years upon years before the moment even occurs. For example, walking across the stage and finally receiving your high-school diploma.

A close call

Timothy Harrison thought that he was going to miss his graduation ceremony, and so he decided to go to work as usual at Waffle House in Center Point, Alabama instead. When his manager Cedric Hampton saw Timothy show up for his 7 AM shift on graduation day, he was shocked.

The manager asked his employee of just only over one month what he was doing there and why he wasn’t attending graduation.

Harrison revealed that his mother could not get off of work to go and also that he did not have tickets or a ride to the ceremony. Additionally, he had been working during the rehearsal where they gave out the cap and gowns, so he did not have those mandatory items for participation.

“I didn’t have a way to get there,” Timothy said. “I didn’t have a plan.”

Support from loved ones

Recognizing both the importance of this moment for Harrison and the fact that the young employee wanted to participate in his milestone moment, Hampton stepped in to help.

“This is once in a lifetime, and he knew it.”

– Cedric Hampton, Waffle House Manager

Hampton decided right then and there that he was going to get Timothy to graduation, and so the Waffle House staff launched into action and made it happen.

The Waffle House employees distributed the tasks necessary to get Timothy to grad by 3 PM between them. Hampton told Harrison to get his paperwork and phone the school to let them know that he would be in attendance.

“I said I’d take care of the rest,” the Waffle House manager said. “We were going to make it work, no matter what.”

One staff member drove Timothy to his school, Woodlawn High School, to pick up his cap and gown. Then, the employees pooled approximately $50 and the assistant manager came in on her day off to go to Target and purchase Harrison’s outfit for the day.

“When I put on the clothes, that was a different feeling,” the excited teen said. “I don’t even know the words. A million dollars? It was the best feeling.”

“His smile lit up the room. You could see how important this was to him. It’s something I’ll always remember.”

– Cedric Hampton

Timothy made it to graduation and in the end received his high-school diploma with the rest of his graduating class.

While the Center Point Waffle House staff could not attend the graduation because of limited seating, the teammates did wait in the parking lot to congratulate Harrison after the ceremony. And they took photos with Timothy to commemorate the moment and celebrate the day.

More good news

After Timothy’s story went viral, more good news came his way. Lawson State Community College offered Timothy Harrison a full scholarship with books included. Timothy had been planning on joining the Army and going to school later on but thanks to Lawson State Community College’s gracious offer, he will be starting college there in the fall.

Happy endings

Some stories have a happy ending that provides comfort to the soul as they remind us of the possibilities of kindness amongst humankind. Waffle House employees went above and beyond for their colleague and friend when they were under no obligation to do so.

Timothy gained more than he had ever hoped for from the moment, turning one prospectively gloomy day into one that he will remember fondly for the rest of his life.

Pay it forward when and where you can, you could be changing someone’s day for the better, or even their life.

More uplifting stories:

https://www.goalcast.com/2021/06/28/timothy-harrison-graduation-waffle-house-manager-team/

7-Year-Old Swims In Strong Current For An Hour To Save Dad And Sister From Drowning

By | everyday heroes, family, Food for thought, rescue, uplifting news

When your life and the lives of your loved ones are in danger, there is really no telling how far a person can go. The possibilities are almost limitless. Love and survival are two of the strongest forces and intuitive modalities in the universe. When the fear of losing someone close to you presents itself, you go into action mode, and that’s exactly what one 7-year-old did to save his sister, father and himself.

Memorable Memorial Day

Steven Poust brought his two young children boating on St. John’s River in Jacksonville, Florida for some fishing fun over Memorial Day weekend. Steven anchored down the boat so that Abigail, 4, and Chase, 7, could enjoy some swimming.

Normally Abigail stays at the back of the boat, but because the current was so strong, Abigail had to let go. When Chase saw what happened to his sister, he immediately reacted, letting go as well so that Abigail would not drift. Except, as soon as he jumped in, Chase was stuck as well.

Steven jumped in after his children to save them.

“I told them I loved them because I wasn’t sure what was going to happen.”

– Steven Poust

Steven explains, “I tried to stick with her as long as I could, and both of them really. I wore myself out. She drifted away from me.”

Chase to the rescue

Poust told Chase to swim to shore and get help while he would try to reach Abigail. Luckily, Abigail was wearing a life jacket, which kept her afloat.

Chase bravely swam to shore, taking an hour to get there. When asked by CNN affiliate WJXT if he got tired while swimming, Chase confirmed that he did, saying that he swam doggie paddle and floated on his back to conserve energy.

After Chase swam a mile to reach the shore, he ran to the nearest house for help, and help was officially on the way.

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD) was dispatched to the boat’s location but when they got there, they had to call in other agencies to help with the search. Steven and Abigail had drifted approximately one and a half to two miles away from the boat.

The ideal outcome

JFRD Spokesperson Eric Prosswimmer said at a news conference, “We had every resource we could have possibly had coming quickly and we’re happy to say all three have been recovered, and all three are doing well.”

“We couldn’t ask for a better outcome,” PostSwimmer adds.

Chase Poust is being hailed internationally as a hero and rightfully so. The exceptionally courageous 7-year-old swam a mile by himself on a rescue mission to save his family.

 “We’re here. By the grace of God, we’re here.”

– Steven Poust

Survival instinct

Chase embarked upon a solo journey to save his family and himself. We are all capable of doing incredible things. There are unlikely heroes everywhere. Never underestimate a human being with the power to love and survive. They just might come through when you least expect it.

More uplifting stories:

https://www.goalcast.com/2021/06/07/7-year-old-swims-one-hour-shore-save-family/

Dad Gets Shamed For Video Of Daughter With Down Syndrome – Then, An Amazing Thing Happens

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One father in England defended his daughter against online trolls and found some famous allies in the process.

Video bombed

Neil Markham of Banbury, Oxfordshire, took his 16-year-old daughter Ella, who has Down Syndrome, to watch a soccer match between Tottenham Spurs and West Ham United one weekend.

Markham tweeted highlights of their fun-filled outing to share with his family.

“My social media life is really about my kids, it’s not really about anything else. My brother lives away and it was a way of keeping him in the loop,” he told the Daily Mail.

The proud pop posted a video of Ella decked out in Spurs gear at the stadium doing what he tells the Mirror she loves most, dancing. 

“She lives for music and dancing, whether it’s at home or in the house or a disco.”

– Neil Markham

“After the game, they had live music and I made sure we went there because she would love it — she was entertaining everybody around.”

Trolls attack

To Markham’s shock and disgust, Twitter trolls emerged and posted abusive and derogatory terms aimed at his daughter.

Markham immediately called them out.

“This girl would wish you nothing but happiness. Why do you need to be like this? Contact me directly rather than hiding”

– Neil Markham

A backlash

Markham’s post was retweeted over 1,600 times and quickly gained over 1.7 million views, with many posters coming to Ella’s defense and calling out her bullies.

“Your daughter is so beautiful! How anyone could ridicule her… let me at ’em!👊🏻 ,” tweeted someone.

Actress Patsy Kensit took notice and took aim at the bullies.

“I support this beautiful girl, this HUMAN BEING, and her brave fabulous father…come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough and then crawl back into your dark and disgusting hole.”

– Patsy Kensit

“Ella you are incredible. Sending love and light to you and your family. love @patsykensit❤❤❤.”

Spurs favorite Micky Hazard had warm words for Ella, and harsh ones for her abusers.

“Hey Neil your daughter is a beautiful young lady and that is such a beautiful photo of you both. Sometimes people are cruel because they don’t see the beauty but the vast majority do.”

Hazard then invited Markham and Ella to an exclusive gala dinner with Spurs favorites, which they accepted.

Positivity always prevails

After what he calls “the worst day of his life,” Markham told the Daily Mail that he has newfound confidence in human kindness.

“I was rock bottom on Saturday night and I feel so much better now and it can only be a positive thing.”

In the end, all Markham wants is something we all do.

“All I really want after tonight is to treat her as a normal person who would smile at you and doesn’t deserve to have fun poked at her.”

– Neil Markham

Finding positivity in your newsfeed or social media can often feel hopeless. There’s so much cruelty and conflict that it’s easy to lose hope — just ask Neil Markham.

However, he’ll also tell you that if you give people a chance, they’ll show you the kind of love and inclusivity that makes us all special, just like Ella.

For more uplifting news:

https://www.goalcast.com/2021/04/09/neil-markham-daughter-down-syndrome-attacked-trolls/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=neil-markham-daughter-down-syndrome-attacked-trolls

Quick-Thinking Man Acts Like Woman’s Friend To Save Her From Potential Assault

By | everyday heroes, Food for thought, inspiring, safety, stories, uplifting news

One Tik-Toker’s improv job saved a young woman from a potentially dangerous situation.

Creep-up on aisle 5

Brandon Roberts was walking through a mall when he spotted something disturbing across the room.

“You could tell just by her face she was quite frightened”

Brandon Roberts

“I noticed an older man hitting on a very young girl, she was around 19  years old,” he told ‘In The Know’.

The man “appeared to be intoxicated or on drugs” and was touching her.

Sensing the urgency, Roberts hurried towards them.

Aunt Claire to the rescue

Being “a little scared” of the strange man’s behaviors, Roberts flipped on his camera as he approached them.

What followed was an awesome display of ad-libbing.

“Oh my God, hi,” Robert says in the video, talking to the girl in a familiar way. “How are you?”.

The girl appeared to pick up on the ruse immediately and acted like she knew him.

“My aunt is here, do you want to —,” Roberts asked, giving the girl a pretext to leave.

“Aunt Claire?” the girl replied, “Let’s go.”

They hurried away, with Roberts walking her safely out of the store and to her car.

Brains over braun

Once away from the scene, the grateful girl told Roberts that the man “asked if I want to go back to his place”, adding that “it was so creepy … thank you for helping me.”

Roberts hopes the video – which has over 33 million views – can serve as both warning and playbook to others.

“I thought [a video] like this would show that these things do happen and how people can help”

– Brandon Roberts

A little help goes a long way

We see these situations and assume that intervening involves confrontation, or using brute force to whisk someone to safety.

While that might work in the movies, both Roberts and the would-be victim show that a little awareness and creativity can lead to a positive outcome.

More uplifting stories:

https://www.goalcast.com/2021/02/15/tik-toker-pretends-know-woman-save-older-man-assault/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tik-toker-pretends-know-woman-save-older-man-assault

Alert Streamer Pretends To Be Woman’s Friend To Save Her From Creep Following Her

By | everyday heroes, Food for thought, helping others, stories, uplifting news

A Twitch streamer who broadcasts daily life on the streets of Tokyo ended up being an unsuspecting hero when a woman used him to get away from a man who was following her.

Caught on candid camera

English-born Twitch streamer robcdee was raised in Australia, but he’s called Toyko home since 2013. During that time, he’s attracted 120,000 followers to his Twitch account where he livestreams life on the streets of Tokyo.

As you can imagine, much of his videos are uneventful — people walking by, random chats with strangers, etc. But one night during a livestream he found himself to be an unlikely hero.

She was in danger

In the video posted in 2020, robcdee comes across a woman being followed by a man in a green puff jacket. Looking over at robcdee, the woman says “He’s my friend” and squirms away from the man. Some Redditors believed she was mouthing “Help me” at robcdee, according to Daily Dot.

Clearly getting the message, robcdee puts his arm around the woman and proceeded to stand between her and the stranger.

After a brief chat about where he’s from in English (robcdee says on his account that his Japanese is 4/10), the streamer manages to fend off the man.

When he was gone, robcdee asked the woman: “Are you in danger?”

“Yes, great danger,” she responded.

Make the streets safer

While walking around and talking to strangers — let alone putting your arm around them — sounds like a different universe now with the pandemic, this heroic act prevented a situation that could’ve turned very bad.

We all need to look out for each other. It is sadly still incredibly dangerous to be a woman and walk around in most places in the world, especially at night, so whenever someone can lend a helping hand, they should.

More uplifting stories:

https://www.goalcast.com/2021/01/29/twitch-streamer-saves-woman-stalker-tokyo/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=twitch-streamer-saves-woman-stalker-tokyo

7-Year-Old Boy Gets Bullied And Channels Pain Into Starting A Non-Profit

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A boy who was bullied at school crushed it with kindness. Now he’s on a mission to help those in need and spread the power of positivity.

Seven-year-old Cavanaugh Bell of Gaithersburg, Maryland, still remembers the pain of being picked on.

“I was bullied for working faster than others,” he told People. “At one point I asked my mom if she would be sad if I died.”

I had the darkness inside me and I didn’t want kids to feel the same way I felt

Cavanaugh Bell

Channeling pain into purpose

However, instead of bottling up the hurt, he channeled his pain into purpose and positive impact. Using his own savings, Bell started putting together and distributing care packages containing food and other essentials to his elderly neighbors in need during COVID.

It turns out that making smiles can be pretty addictive.

The more I gave back to my community, the more I wanted to keep doing it

Cavanaugh Bell

Recruiting his mom, Llacey Simmons, to help “spread love and positivity”, Bell created a GoFundMe page to promote his cause.  Donations poured in.

Thanks to a space offered by a local gym, Bell kicked off the “LOVE is greater than COVID-19” Community Pantry. With the extra space, he was able to not only keep more seniors safe, but also spread the good vibes beyond his community.

Helping a nation

Bell remembered a road trip to Mt. Rushmore with his mom, when they passed through the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, considered one of the poorest areas in America.

She had told him that some were without electricity or running water. Worse, the population is stricken with high rates of alcoholism and suicide. For Bell — also part Native American — that was unacceptable. 

it’s not fair that we’re having great and happy life when they’re suffering in the middle of nowhere

Cavanaugh Bell

With the help of his mom and scores of generous donors, he hired a driver and loaded up a 53-foot truck chalk full of clothing and essentials for the people of Pine Ridge.

For seven-year-old Bell, the mission is simple. “I’m just trying to make them have a big fat smile on their face.”

A mission to end bullying

And it’s just the beginning.

Bell also founded his own non-profit called Cool and Dope, where he sits as its Chief Positivity Creator.

Bell has set the ambitious goal to end all bullying worldwide by 2030. At this point, is there any reason to doubt him?

Cavanaugh believes he can save the world, and I believe him! He doesn’t see anything as a challenge and that’s what I love about his innocence

Alice Phelps, director of ‘First Families Now’ and member of  Pine Ridge Community

Positivity can move mountains

Bell’s organization has raised over $30,000, and has helped over 10,000 people with food and essential COVID supplies.

And to think it all started with a moment of empathy during his darkest time. Who else might be feeling this way, and how can I help?

Bell’s response to injustice proves that acts of kindness, once set in motion, can be an unstoppable force.

I just wanna teach people they can have an impact no matter their age — no matter if you’re 8, 10, or even my grandma’s age, 74 — you can do anything!

Cavanaugh Bell

More uplifting news:

https://www.goalcast.com/2020/12/29/7-year-old-cavanaugh-bell-bullied-starts-non-profit/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=7-year-old-cavanaugh-bell-bullied-starts-non-profit

Man Buys $6 Million Super Bowl Ad To Pay Back the Heroes Who Saved His Dog

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Anyone who has lost a pet knows how hard it can be, so it’s easy to understand why when David MacNeil’s 7-year-old golden retriever, Scout, was given a month to live, he refused to accept it.

Scout collapsed suddenly in the summer of 2019. MacNeil rushed his beloved dog to the vet, where a tumor was found growing on Scout’s heart. After diagnosing Scout with an aggressive form of cancer, a veterinarian told MacNeil his dog had just one month to live, according to NBC Madison, Wisconsin affiliate WMTV.

There he was in this little room, standing in the corner… and he’s wagging his tail at me. I’m like, ‘I’m not putting that dog down. There’s just absolutely no way.

David MacNeil to WMTV

He refused to give up on his dog

Local vets told MacNeil there was no hope for Scout, but MacNeil refused to accept that fate for his furry friend.

Seeking help elsewhere, MacNeil took Scout, who is also his company WeatherTech’s unofficial mascot, to the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.

The vets there agreed that the dog had just a 1% chance of survival, but were determined to treat Scout anyway. They administered aggressive chemotherapy and radiation.

Throughout it all, vets say that Scout maintained his sweet, calm temperament, making them even more determined to restore Scout’s quality of life.

After just a month of treatment, they discovered that Scout’s tumor has shrunk by 78%– and today, it’s been nearly eradicated!

He found a way to give back

MacNeil was so grateful to the vets who saved his best friend that he decided to take out a $6 million ad during the Super Bowl to promote the resources that kept Scout alive. The 30-second spot, called “Lucky Dog,” opens with Scout running on the beach and tells the story of his survival.

The ad then advises people on how to donate to the veterinary school’s research program, helping the vets keep even more pets alive.

The research could save humans too

The dean of the school told WMTV that the ad will help all veterinary medicine and also cancer research that can also benefit humans.

“This is an amazing opportunity not only for the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the School of Veterinary Medicine, but for veterinary medicine worldwide,” said university dean Mark Markel.

He explained that the donations can also benefit cancer research that will benefit humans.

Research into animal cancers can teach doctors about human cancers too. “So much of what’s known globally today about how best to diagnose and treat devastating diseases such as cancer originated in veterinary medicine.”

For his part, MacNeil is so grateful to have Scout safe and sound that he wants to help others in turn:

“I hope it has a positive impact on cancer for animals and people, all over the world.”

Scout and MacNeil’s story reminds us that when we refuse to give up on hope and follow up through to the end, the results can help not just our nearest and dearest, but have a ripple affect throughout the world as well.

More stories like this:

https://www.goalcast.com/2020/01/31/6-million-super-bowl-ad-thanks-vets-who-saved-dog/

Woman Fired For Act of Kindness Now Has Companies Lining Up To Hire Her

By | everyday heroes, Food for thought, news, stories, uplifting

Sometimes, we try to do the right thing and it ends up causing us trouble, which causes us to question that good deed in the first place. Imagine helping out someone, just out of the goodness of your heart, and then getting fired for it!

That’s what happened to one woman in Portland, but her story took a surprising turn.

She wanted to help someone in need.

Emily James was fired from a U.S. Bank call center in Portland when she made the decision to help a struggling client on Christmas Eve.

Emily was a senior banker. On December 23, she received a call from a man named Eugenio, a bank customer whose paycheck from a new job had been placed on hold.

This meant that he had no means to access the money, which amounted to over $1000. It left him broke before Christmas and he could not afford to buy presents for his kids. Emily said she spent more than an hour trying to help Eugenio, but unfortunately to no avail.

Eugenio had tried to visit his Clackamas bank branch in the morning, which was Christmas Eve, and ask that bank manager to verify the fund. Apparently, they weren’t able to lift the hold.

She could not leave him stranded…

On Christmas Eve, Eugenio called her again on the U.S. Bank 800 number. He was at a gas station, unable to even fill his tank as he had insufficient funds.

“I said, ‘I wish I had just $20 bucks to get home,’ ” Eugenio recalled. “And she said ‘Wait, hold on.’”

Emily knew that Eugenio was just a few miles away so she told him to stay put and that she’d be there within 30 minutes with some gas money.

“I didn’t want her to do it,” he said. “But I’m not proud to the point that I’m going to refuse help.”

Emily said that she did get permission from her supervisor before she left, and drove to the gas station.

I handed him $20 in cash, said ‘Merry Christmas’ and went right back to work.

Emily James

Eugenio was incredibly touched by her willingness to help, as he recognized the precarious position that he may have put her in.

It was like, ‘Wow, she really cares,” he said. “Most supervisors, maybe they would have tried, but nobody would have ever come out because I was stranded. She had a big heart. She believed what I was saying.

…but her act of kindness got her in trouble

Emily went back to work and finished her shift. But a week later, on New Year’s Eve, she arrived at work only to find the regional manager of her branch waiting for her.

“She said, ‘We’re sorry, we cannot keep your employment,’” Emily said. The manager cited an “unauthorized interaction with a customer,” as the reason for her firing. This was her first time she ever got disciplined at her job. She has always been an exemplary worker and received many accolades for her good work.

According to Emily, the reasoning behind the decision was that “they were worried about [her] safety” as “he could have kidnapped [her]” or harmed her in some way. But as Emily affirmed, “I wouldn’t have left or even tried to ask if that was OK if I thought that this person would hurt me.”

For her, there was no reason not to help someone in need, especially considering the fact that it was Christmas’ Eve. “I just don’t understand why you wouldn’t help someone if you had the ability to,” Emily said. She didn’t need to think twice.

It’s Christmas Eve, it’s already a rough time for people, and you’re going to leave someone stranded? I couldn’t in good conscience do that, knowing it was something I could fix, or at least get him home.

And yes, she would have helped Eugenio even if she had known that she would end up losing her job. “Had I known then that I was going to be let go, I would have just removed the hold on the check, because that absolutely would have gotten me fired,” Emily admitted.

Eugenio’s check did not clear until days after Christmas. “It was one of the saddest Christmases,” he said. “Promissory notes for Christmas gifts. And I can’t believe (Emily) lost her job over it. The only one who seemed to care was Emily, and she got fired for that.”

Companies heard of her story

While James originally hoped to get her job back, now she’s not sure she wants to go back to an environment that did not value or attempt to understand her act of kindness.

However, she’s so touched by all the support she has been getting.  “It made me cry, just the fact that people actually care,” she said. “I’ve had more people reach out and just have something kind to say in the last (few) days than in my whole life.”

Emily has had many job interviews with banks and other institutions, though she has not yet accepted any position. But as her story went viral, several companies have reached out to her on social media, looking to have her on their team.

Companies and owners are reaching out to Emily James over social media

Emily did not hesitate to help Eugenio because she knew it was the right thing to do, despite the unforeseen negative consequences of her action. Now, she finds herself in a better position than the one she was in, sought after by companies that actually value her kindness.

Her incredible story proves that no good deed goes unrewarded. While getting fired for helping out somebody could potentially detract people from doing the right thing, the ensuing events prove that kindness always manages to come back to you.

More inspiring stories:

https://www.goalcast.com/2020/01/29/woman-fired-for-helping-man/