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Random Act of Kindness - The Day Three Strangers Rescued Me From the Icy Road

Updated on March 18, 2015
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Are You Inspired?

Have you been ever been inspired to share a special story of kindness with others? I recently read a heartwarming story by Just Ask Susan, and she has inspired me to not only perform random acts of kindness, but also to share experiences I have had to further inspire others.

One Cold Icy Morning

It was a frigid winter morning with high winds and icy roads. My two children, who were very little at the time, were bundled up in their infant and toddler seats. I was on my way to drop them off at day care, before heading to work. It was approximately 7:15am. The temperature had dropped during the night and the snow that had fallen had turned to ice. Luckily, most of the main highways and roads were plowed and salted.

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You Take the High Road and I'll Take the Low Road

Some roads, especially the side streets, were ice covered. I put my car in low gear and moved slowly through the streets, confident that the sun would come out soon and start melting the snow and ice.

As I got closer to my destination, some of the roads were narrow and hilly. One of the roads I had to take was detoured due to a tree that had fallen. This was before the days of the GPS. Not being the best with directions, I used my best judgment to find an alternate route.

To make sure the kids were happy and comfortable, I turned on a tape with children’s songs. This was also to help me keep calm too, as I tried to find my way around some unfamiliar roads.

I drove up a hilly road which was very snowy and icy. I tried my best to keep the car on the path. All of a sudden I felt like the tires may have hit some unshoveled snow. I could hear the tires spinning. The car wouldn’t budge. I figured it must just be some ice or snow around the tire. I put the car in park and went to check the tires. The back left tire was caught in some snow and ice. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a shovel, but I tried to use one of the rubber car mats to place under the tire, in the hopes that it would give it some traction. No luck. I looked around and the streets were deserted. Not another car in sight. I checked on the kids and they were doing fine. I said a prayer for God to help me. I felt kind of helpless (and this was before the days of cell phones). I felt my eyes filling up. I guess everything was getting to me.

Angels We Have Heard On High

All of a sudden, several teenager school boys appeared at the top of the hill. It was weird because I didn’t hear a sound and then all of sudden they were there. They saw me and the car in the middle of road and start walking towards me. The sun was starting to peek through the clouds and for a moment, I couldn’t see their faces due to the bright sun. They approached me and just started helping, and I hadn’t even asked for help. There were 3 of them. Like angels from the sky, they appeared and unconditionally starting helping. They pushed the car to a clear path at the top of the hill onto the main road. I was so grateful for their help. I thanked them over and over and they smiled and said, no problem, glad to help.

I swear it felt like they were 3 angels sent by God to rescue me. To this day, I wished I knew who they were so I could tell their families how they helped me, that icy winter day.

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Random Acts of Kindness

When you are the receiver of a random act of kindness, as I was when those boys helped me out that day, it warms your heart and makes you very grateful. It helps you appreciate things more and want to help others.

When you are a giver of a random act of kindness, it fills you up with happiness and love, and sets one of the greatest examples you can offer to others, the virtue of kindness.

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Do a Random Act of Kindness Today

Make a point to do something nice to someone today. It can be someone you know, or someone you don’t know. It can be as simple as holding the door open for someone, carrying a bag of groceries for someone, or donating clothes to a homeless shelter.

If it’s the holiday season where you are in the world today, reach out today and give out to others, whether it’s the change in your pocket that you fill in the fundraiser box at your local store, or the snack in your bag that you give to the homeless person walking in the street.

Whatever you decide to do, the world will be better place because you cared.

Special Thanks

I wrote this hub to share my story after reading a the hub, Random Act of Kindness Makes Young Boys Christmas Special, written by Just Ask Susan.

Thank you, Susan, for reminding me of my experience and wanting to share with others.

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    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      5 years ago from U.S.

      Thanks for stopping by and glad you liked this hub...I agree, the more random acts of kindness, the better. I always feel better when the opportunity presents itself and I help others in some way. Thanks again. :-)

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      Jackie Paulson 

      5 years ago from Grayslake, Illinois

      This reminded me of "pay it forward." Yes, the movie which I admire. Random Act of Kindness are needed, as well as the belief in Angels as I do as well. Thanks for being my first follower on here. :) Jackie

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      6 years ago from U.S.

      Thank you for your comment, Michael-Milec. It's much appreciated, and I agree that prayer is very powerful and is a very good habit in good times and in times of need.

    • Michael-Milec profile image


      6 years ago

      Hello easylearningweb.

      In an enjoyable manner written uplifting event. To practice " random act of kindness " is actually sowing seeds to create "the world ... better place because you cared" - using your words.

      Bytheway , can your recall the words you said in prayer "for God to help?" - very helpful suggestion for time in need to get in habit by praying to reap benefits now and eternally.

      Voted up and beautiful.

      Stay blessed.

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      6 years ago from U.S.

      So true, sallybea, at any age, even teens, miracles can happen, so we just have to keep the faith and keep believing!

      Your comment is appreciated. :-)

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      6 years ago from Norfolk

      easylearningweb - a tale to warm the cockles of your heart - whoever said that teenagers were a rum lot!

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      6 years ago from U.S.

      I appreciate your comment, always exploring, and I, too, believe there are angels are among us. If we ever need guidance, or help in some way, it's helpful to imagine there are angels that will guide us to safety.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is such a beautiful story! Sometimes i believe there are angels among us. Thank you for sharing your story...Loved it.

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      6 years ago from U.S.

      Thanks, AliciaC! So happy to share it and hope others share their stories too!

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love this story! It's so wonderful to hear about people who willingly help others that they don't know.

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      6 years ago from U.S.

      Great analogy, Denise! So true. Thank you so much for your comment. :-)

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      Denise W Anderson 

      6 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      It is amazing what happens when we realize that we are part of a bigger picture. We are each like little lanterns that go about bumping into each other. Each kind thing that we do adds additional light to someone else's lantern. We have the power to make someone's world a little brighter. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story!

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      6 years ago from U.S.

      Thanks, RealHousewife! It's great to come together (even if just online) to share warm stories and spread the word of kindness to others. :-)

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I love what you girls started...really cool!

      It's so heart warming when people help other people just because it's the right thing to do...especially when they could keep on going and mind their business. Glad you were rescued too!

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      6 years ago from U.S.

      Oh cool, Susan, I don't use Pinterest yet but I will definitely have to check it out. Thanks!

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      6 years ago from U.S.

      I appreciate your comment Dolores, and you have a very good point. If we look really hard especially in times of trouble we will definitely see randon acts of kindness in humanity, which normally go unnoticed.

      I hope others poster stories that I would be so interested in hearing about.

      Happiness to you. :-)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've also started a Pinterest Board called Random Acts of Kindness.

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      Dolores Monet 

      6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      What a beautiful story! I can just picture those kids coming along lit up by the sun and snow and ice. Angels, yes, but in times of trouble we often find real humanity. I bet those kids felt so good to be able to help a stranger! (Unless they actually were angels!)

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      6 years ago from U.S.

      Thanks for your comment Susan, and I think that would be a great idea, if other Hubbers could write their story and we could have a random act of kindness category!

      Have a great day. :-)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm so happy that you wrote this story and shared a random act of kindness you experienced. Thank goodness for those teenage boys to have come along and help you and your kids out that cold and icy day.

      I just had a thought that maybe other hubbers could too write a hub and we could link them all together. I'm off to link up to yours right now.


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