One night, at 11:45 p.m. an older African American Woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway, not sure how she would endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car that came by.
A young, white man stopped to help her, something that was generally unheard of during the conflict-filled 1960’s. The man drove her to the nearest city where he helped her get safely into a taxicab. She seemed to be in a terrible hurry but took the time to write down his address as she thanked him.
Seven days went by and then there was a knock on his front door. To his surprise, he found a large color TV with a note attached.
“Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband’s bedside just before he passed away … God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.”
Mrs. Nat King Cole