Sometimes the kind gestures you do for other people can lead to surprising rewards.
Three years ago Wade Herter was a homeless man, freezing, and stuck in a blizzard in Dwight, Illinois. Two teenage boys, Ryan Kodat and Luke Arnold, came across Herter and decided to help him out. They kindly provided him with warm clothes, a jacket, and a train ticket to go see his father.
The high school guys probably thought they would never see or hear from the drifter again, but they were in for a shock.
When his father passed away, Herter was surprisingly left a $1.2 million estate. The fortunate man was able to turn his life around and move to California where he now writes and does film work and standup comedy.
With this sudden change, Herter couldn't stop thinking about the students who helped him out on that snowy day. The thankful fellow wanted to do something nice for them, so he gave a gift to their school.
He sent Dwight High School a letter explaining his story along with a gift of $10,000 for the district to spend any way they wanted. Herter only requested that they use the money to honor his late father.
No one in the school had heard about the two senior boys' generosity, but immediately school administrators figured out what to do with the money. They created the “Warren Herter Pay It Forward Award,” which will reward students $500 every year for performing a random act of kindness.
It's always good to help out people in need, especially in those rare times when your good deed causes a greater change than you ever imagined.
via Good News Network