When good Samaritan Chris Wright of Georgia did something kind for a stranger in 2014, he thought nothing more of it. As a committed Christian, it was just the right thing for him to do. Besides, he would most likely never see the woman in need again. The stranger had told Wright that she was going through dark times, but three years later her benefactor was going through his own period of darkness. And then a female arrived at his family home. She was to tell Wright a jaw-dropping story that reduced him to tears.
The 43-year-old Wright’s story is a truly remarkable one. It all began back in 2014 when he was traveling down a highway with his wife and kids. The family from Bogart, GA, were off to their regular place of worship, The Cornerstone Church in nearby Athens. It was a miserable day, and they saw a miserable sight through the rain-streaked windows of their car. It looked like someone might be in a little trouble.
The family saw a woman struggling through the drizzle, walking along the side of the road with a gas can in her hand. Wright had always been brought up to “Do unto others…” and it was with this in mind that he made his next decision. Having dropped his wife, Carmen, and kids at church, Wright turned the car around to check on the stranger at the side of the road. It was still raining when he found her, trudging along with her container.
So Wright pulled over and asked the stranger if everything was okay. It turned out that the woman had indeed run out of fuel, so Wright offered her a ride to the gas station. The nearest one was about half a mile off and the two of them got chatting. Along the way, the driver learned that it was not just the stranger’s car that had been running on empty.
By the time they had visited the gas station, and he had driven the woman back to her car, Wright had learned a lot about his passenger. He discovered that the stranger had recently divorced and was struggling financially. Once again, the good Samaritan remembered his upbringing and did the right thing.
The Christian checked his pockets and found $40. Without hesitation, he handed it over to the woman in need. He said later that it was as if the Lord was informing this act of charity. “I felt like it was what I was led to do at that point,” Wright admitted to ABC News in July 2017. This kind action brought the woman to tears. And then Wright and the stranger said their goodbyes and got on with their respective lives.
After that exchange, Wright did not think too much more about it. That is, until three years later when a strange coincidence occurred. Actually, some would call it a coincidence, but others are convinced it was divine intervention. In early 2017, Wright’s mother, Judy, had become seriously unwell. In fact, she was in hospital being treated for health complications linked to Parkinson’s disease.
Once Judy was strong enough to be discharged, the Wrights realized that they would need some help if she was going to be looked after at home. With this in mind, the decision was taken to hire some nursing aides to help Wright’s father with his wife’s palliative care. And the dad was particularly taken with one assistant. Apparently, at first this woman had not even been down on the roster, but had turned up at the house and looked after Judy regardless.
Indeed, according to ABC, Wright’s dad told his son, “I got a lady that we need to use… There’s something different about her that I feel better when she’s in the house, and your mom loves her as well.” Intrigued, Wright decided that he should meet with this nursing aide to hopefully set up a care schedule for his mom. And that is when things took a turn for the uncanny…
When Wright caught up with the nursing aide, she told him that her name was TunDe Hector. In that face-to-face chat, he found out that the 41-year-old’s main job was working as a hospice care aide at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens. Nevertheless it was something else he learned that day that really blew his mind.
The couple discussed faith, and Hector asked her prospective employer where he went to pray. On being told the Cornerstone, the nursing aide exclaimed that she had met a really kind man from the congregation there once. The church goer was intrigued, he thought that he might possibly know the person Hector was talking about. It turned out that Wright did in fact know the individual in question – only too well.
Hector continued her story about the kind man who had pulled over in the pouring rain and driven her to get gas. She recalled how she had told this man that she had been going through a really rough time, and he had responded by handing her everything in his pockets. By now, Wright had tears rolling down his face. He could not believe what he was hearing. And when he explained his tears to Hector, it was her turn to cry. The pair who had not recognized each other were both stunned by the amazing coincidence – or divine intervention.
Regardless of what had brought the two of them back together, the pair were convinced of who they had to thank. As Wright told ABC News, “We knew at that moment that God had woven every fiber of this story together.” After that jaw-dropping moment, Wright witnessed Hector respectfully care for his mom during her final days. Judy sadly passed away in July 2017.
Needless to say, the Wright family was devastated. “She was the best mom that I could have ever dreamed of. She loved unconditionally,” her bereft son told ABC. “Just a loving, gentle, yet powerful woman. That’s probably a good way to explain her.” But Wright was full of praise for Hector too.
He continued, “It would be an understatement to describe TunDe as amazing. She exudes joy and lives every breath to serve people as she was designed to do by our Heavenly Father.” This was foremost in his mind when Wright came up with a way to help Hector while planning his mom’s funeral.
The grieving man knew that Hector had long-harbored dreams of becoming a fully fledged nurse. He also knew that cash to pay for study to achieve a nursing qualification was a problem for her. So he thought that instead of sending funeral flowers to the family, Judy’s friends and relatives could donate money to send Hector to school. To this end, Wright’s wife, Carmen, set up a You Caring fundraising page.
The online crowd-funding appeal quoted the Hebrews book of The Bible. It said, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” The entry then went on to describe Hector’s selfless deeds and the great care and compassion she showed Ma Wright. The text explained, “TunDe is a nursing aide struggling to cover educational costs to fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse. We would love to surprise and bless her in Judy’s honor.” And before long, the donations came trickling in.
In fact, it was more like a deluge. The modest original goal had been smashed within 45 minutes, after the You Caring page had been shared on social media. Astonishingly, the fundraising account would eventually total almost $41,000. And the memorable moment when Hector was presented with the check by Wright was filmed and uploaded online. From there, the emotional clip went totally viral, racking up an awesome tally of more than 14 million views.
So it was no great surprise that conventional media got hold of the whole incredible story. Indeed, it got so much traction online that it led to an invitation from The Ellen Show in September 2017. Ellen DeGeneres praised the actions of both Wright and Hector in turn before a rapturous audience. Furthermore, the show’s sponsor donated a $10,000 check to give Hector a little more help with paying for her studies. Meanwhile, it paid for Wright and his dad to enjoy the golf holiday of a lifetime to the renowned Pebble Beach Resort in California.
On the You Giving page, Hector described the whole situation as a “whirlwind experience.” She expressed gratitude for peoples’ generosity and said that she had paid her tuition for her nursing degree course. “I’m overjoyed and proud to be your fellow American. God bless you all,” the future nurse said. And all because of events set in train by a man remembering his family credo, and deciding to do the Wright thing.