For the eighth installment of the We are the World Blogfest (#WATWB), I found myself drawn to a story of generosity from a stranger. Such acts of generosity always move me because a stranger is not expected to do much but the minimum in helping someone in need. Single Mom Naomi Pruitt of Columbus, Indiana, had a different experience with a stranger.
It began with a flat bicycle tire. Pruitt, who had contracted Lyme Disease and was on disability as a result, was riding her bike to the grocery store. Symptoms of Lyme Disease make it difficult to drive a car. On the way, her bike's tire blew out in front of a home and the homeowner happened to be just driving into his driveway. He asked if he could help her. She accepted his offer and rolled her bike into his garage where she spied a trek bike hanging on the wall. She told the homeowner her story, and about her three sons, aged 13, 12, and 8. She asked if the trek bike might be for sale. She wanted to buy her 12-year-old son a bike for his birthday.
From there, the homeowner, unbeknownst to Pruitt, organized a special surprise for all three of Pruitt's sons. To find out what happened, read the story of his generosity and the people who helped him here.
One of the details that struck me about this story was that the generous homeowner preferred to remain anonymous. He gave simply to give and to help, not to gain some benefit for himself through publicity. And the Columbus, Indiana, police were more than happy to step in and play a significant role in helping that homeowner give his gift. What a wonderful example of selflessness and love!
The We are the World Blogfest strives to bring light into our dark world through stories of human compassion, love, and kindness toward other humans and animals on earth. This month's installment is hosted by the following participant bloggers: Shilpa Garg, Sylvia McGrath, Mary Giese, Belinda Witzenhausen, and Guilie Castillo. For more stories of light, visit their blogs or those listed here.