Everyone knows the feeling of being on the receiving end of a stranger’s random act of kindness, and everyone loves reading about it. Knowing that there are good people out there in the world looking out for others, or lending a hand is just something that makes us feel good, and this story isn’t any different.
It was just a typical day for Kimberly.
The mom walked into an auto shop called Grease Monkey that day thinking that she was just going to get her brakes fixed. A routine fix.
She never expected to run into a good Samaritan along the way.
Kimberly entered the shop with her daughter and started asking the clerk about quotes and costs and if they offered a military discount. She is a disabled veteran and served her country in the United States Air Force.
While waiting in the lobby they started chatting up another customer waiting.
The stranger’s name was Rod, and as the two were talking, the manager of Grease Monkey came out and explained to Kimberly that she needed new brake parts that would cost around $200, and could come in later that day.
That all sounded fair, so Kimberly headed home, but her day didn’t stop there.
After the two left, Rod walked up to one of the workers and explained that he’d like to pay for her brakes. The manager said he wasn’t expecting this total stranger to pay for $200 worth of service, but he didn’t argue and processed the order.
As it turned out, Rod had overheard that she was a veteran.
“I just couldn’t believe it. They called me and told me that Rod had overheard me ask for a military discount and he paid $200 to thank me for my service. I was really excited and tearing up and I called my mom and dad and brother and I was just so stoked!”
It’s understandable that Kimberly was over the moon about it. On top of the gesture being very generous, acts like these restore your faith in humanity.
Kimberly obviously wanted to get his information to thank him for the selfless gesture, but Rod insisted on staying anonymous according to the manager of Grease Monkey. He wouldn’t even share a phone number.
Kimberly’s husband Brett, also in the military, was shocked by everything as well.
Brett is currently serving in the U.S. Army and was just as moved by Rod’s kindness as Kimberly.
Speaking of the gesture, he said:
“It really touches you when someone does that for military, and it was just amazing.”
It’s not every day that someone covers an amount of that size, just in the name of kindness.
Pay it forward…
The only message the kind stranger Rod left for Kimberly was that she should pay it forward in some way. And since there is no other way that she can truly show Rod her thanks, Kimberly plans on doing just that.
Watch the video below to hear more about this heartwarming story.
Perhaps it will inspire you to complete an act of kindness too!
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