In a world seemingly filled with divisiveness and animosity, it’s always nice to see a spark of hope from well-intentioned people doing the right thing.
An Alabama man is being applauded by thousands after a photo of him holding a stranger’s baby in a doctor’s office so the mother, Jade West, could fill out paperwork went viral.
“My heart Melted!!!” Natasha Wilson, who took the adorable photo, wrote on Facebook. “THIS MAN GAVE ME HOPE & a sweet memory I’ll never forget!!”
According to Wilson, after the office staff handed West her paperwork, she was struggling to figure out what to do with her sleeping baby. That’s when the man, from across the room, asked if he could lend her a hand by holding her snoozing child while she filled out her forms. With a smile, West accepted his selfless gesture. Wilson continues, “This man went over there and rocked and loved on that baby like he was his!!”
“If you know this man tell him what an amazing person he is!!” Wilson wrote on Facebook.
Thanks to the magic of social media, the good Samaritan with serious dad skills was finally identified as Joe Hale. And the mom was identified as Jade West who spoke to GMA about Hale. “He talked about how he never stops being a ‘paw paw’ and how he loved kids and just about my baby in general! He was literally just loving on him and talking to him as if he was his own grandchild and had known him his whole life. He was just the sweetest.”
And folks across social media couldn’t get enough of Joe’s helpful spirit.
Watch out! If we’re not careful, nice #news stories like this could actually put us back on a more positive path! Acts of kindness like this happen all the time. Now if only we could get them on camera and shared. → https://t.co/zB3FeSC0Mq … #actsofkindness #goodnews
— Barry Birkett (@BarryBirkett) October 28, 2018
There’s still a lot of good in this world…
Man soothes baby in waiting room so mother can complete patient forms https://t.co/ElXStuWXWG
— A.J. Hilton (@AJHilton_News) October 26, 2018
We need more sweet stories like this!
Man soothes baby in waiting room so mother can complete patient forms https://t.co/XsStPHhpFP
— Samantha Russell (@TrafficJamSam) October 26, 2018
Such a heartwarming act of kindness. https://t.co/qR53tqp2AY
— Emily Munns (@emilymunns111) October 29, 2018
So next time you’re worried that partisanship and petty squabbles are tearing this country apart, pull a move out of Joe’s playbook and help someone in need.
As one Facebook commenter put it, “This is what America is supposed to be about! Loving on each other.”