In 2014 good Samaritan Chris Wright did something kind for a stranger. The person had told Wright that she was going through dark times, and as a committed Christian Wright thought nothing of helping her out. But three years later, it was Wright who was going through his own period of darkness. And then a female arrived at his family home to tell a jaw-dropping story that reduced him to tears.
This truly remarkable story began in 2014 when Wright was traveling down a highway with his wife and kids. The family from Bogart, Georgia, were off to their regular place of worship, The Cornerstone Church, in nearby Athens. But it was a miserable day, and they spotted a miserable sight through the rain-streaked windows of their car.
Along the side of the road, a woman was battling through the drizzle with a gas can in her hands. 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 and kids at church, Wright turned the car around to check on the stranger on the roadside. 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 run out of fuel – so Wright offered her a ride to the gas station. The nearest one was about half a mile away, and the two of them naturally got chatting en route.
So by the time the pair had visited the gas station and driven back to the woman’s car, Wright had learned a lot about his passenger. Indeed, he’d discovered that the stranger had recently divorced and was struggling financially. Once again, the good Samaritan remembered his upbringing and did the right thing.
Yes, 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 understandably brought the woman to tears. And then Wright and the stranger said their goodbyes and got on with their respective lives.
That is, until three years later when a strange series of events occurred. You see, in early 2017 Wright’s mother, Judy, was 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, too, the Wrights realized that they would need some help if she was going to be looked after at home. With this in mind, the family hired some nursing aides to help Wright’s father with his wife’s palliative care. And the dad was particularly taken with one assistant. Apparently, this woman had initially not even been down on the roster but had turned up at the house and looked after Judy regardless.
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 was 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 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 then her turn to cry.
Regardless of what had brought the two of them back together, the pair were convinced of whom 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, then, Wright witnessed Hector respectfully care for his mom until she passed away in July 2017.
Needless to say, the Wright family was devastated by Judy’s passing. “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 undoubtedly foremost in his mind when Wright came up with a way to help Hector while planning his mom’s funeral.
You see, the 43-year-old 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 YouCaring fundraising page.
The resultant 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 pouring in.
In fact, the modest original goal had been smashed within 45 minutes of being 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 when conventional media got hold of this incredible story. Indeed, it got so much traction online that it led to an invitation from The Ellen Show in September 2017. Ellen DeGeneres subsequently praised the actions of both Wright and Hector before a rapturous audience. Furthermore, one of the show’s sponsors donated a $10,000 check to give Hector a little more help with paying for her studies. It also paid for Wright and his dad to enjoy the golf holiday of a lifetime to the renowned Pebble Beach Resort in California.
On the YouCaring 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.