These days, it feels easy to completely lose hope in humanity. But we shouldn’t lose complete hope yet… There are still some great people showing kindness out there.
One of those people is this plumber, named James Anderson, who managed to make the whole world fall in love with him after doing something incredibly selfless.
The 52-year-old and father of five launched his private business not too long ago — and then re-launched it as a non-profit called Depher — and has helped many people through it since then.
But even though he’s been helping many people, this one scenario, in particular, had him winning hearts all over the world.
He visited an older woman’s house — a 91-year-old woman with acute leukaemia — to help her. When he left, he didn’t charge her a single cent. His invoice was for zero dollars.
“No charge for this lady under any circumstances. We will be available 24 hours to help her and keep her as comfortable as possible,” he wrote.
This act of kindness sparked an overwhelmingly positive reaction, which James did not see coming at all. “We didn’t expect it. It’s been everywhere,” he said of the viral stardom.
What initially inspired James to close out on his private work and start a non-profit was when he saw a different elderly woman being treated poorly by another engineer. That broke his heart, and was enough to make him want to make a change.
Ever since then, in 2017, James has been offering free or low-cost plumbing services for those in need.
He explained that he was in debt because of his non-profit work, but assured that he was not worried about it.
“A lot of people close to me ask: ‘why are you getting yourself in to debt? Why are you doing this?'” He said. “To me, debt is debt… I would rather owe some money to somebody and another person be alive and happy and safe.”
Seems pretty self-explanatory to us.
At the time, James’ goal was to take his non-profit across the country. “It’s an ethos that’s in my heart and it will always stay there,” he said.
“I’ve spoken to quite a few engineers around the country and they’re all for it… it’s just getting the funding. I don’t want any person who is elderly and disabled in this country, in this day and age, to die or suffer because of a cold home or a lack of funding to repair the boiler,” he said.
“It shouldn’t be happening — that number should be down to zero. Simple as that,” he added.
The great news is that after going viral with this story, James raised $100,000 in donations alone. People loved his story so much and could see his kind heart and because he’s doing great, selfless work, it is paying off. Now he can keep his non-profit afloat, debt-free.
Kind of sounds like full circle karma to us. Good karma, that is.
It’s rare to see such a kind person these days, who just puts their full energy into helping others. It’s even more special that he got other people to join in and help. It’s just proof that kindness can be infectious. And now they are returning the favor to James!
James is special, but we’d love to see more of this for sure!
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