It was an average work day for construction worker Jeff Reick. That was until Jeff spotted 88-year-old Gloria Porter watching him out of a hospital window. Jeff decided to write a little note for Gloria to brighten her day.
“I saw the lady at the window looking out, I thought it would be a kind gesture just to tell her to get well. I didn’t think much of it, I just tried to make someone feel a little better.”
Gloria was recovering in the hospital from a case of pneumonia. To pass the time, Gloria would watch the iron and steelworkers outside her window. The workers were renovating the hospital’s front entrance which was visible from Gloria’s third-floor room.
How did Jeff Reick and Gloria Porter’s unlikely friendship begin?
Gloria found herself watching the workers out of her window when one of them, Jeff, spotted her.
“This one guy looked over at us and waved, so we waved back,”
It was particularly cold and windy day, but Jeff and his team still managed to stay positive and get the job done.
Later on, Gloria noticed Jeff had left her a note.
Jeff had managed to get hold of some chalk, he quickly scribbled a message to Gloria on the side of one of the beams of the hospital entrance. Jeff had written “Get well” on the side of the building.
This sweet message from Jeff really touched Gloria’s heart. She thought it was a very kind and considerate thing to do and it brought a smile to her face.
Gloria knew she had to respond to Jeff’s kind message
With help from the nursing staff, Gloria managed to get hold of some blank pieces of paper to write her own message. Gloria knew she had to respond to Jeff’s kind message with a little one of her own.
Gloria wrote “Stay safe” on her piece of paper and she stuck it to her window so Jeff would be able to read it. The message certainly did the trick and it really brightened Jeff’s day.
“That sign kind of crushed me. I don’t know how she knew ‘Stay safe’, It’s kind of like ironworker lingo to stay safe. When I saw ‘Stay safe,’ in the window, I kind of snapped my head around and said (to my coworkers), ‘Did you see that?’”
Had Gloria and Jeff’s kind words started a trend of goodwill?
Thankfully, Gloria was discharged from the hospital one day later. But before she went, the hospital staff and steelworkers both took photos of the pair’s messages.
“I just try to lead by example and be a good person. I just hope everybody would do things like that because the world is not a very nice place,”
The images were posted online and their kindness has gone viral. And now it’s inspiring others to do something nice for somebody.
One ‘random act of kindness’ came their way the day after when a woman stopped by the construction site with an envelope in hand.
The envelope contained money for the steelworkers to buy themselves lunch. Clearly, their good deeds have come back around.
Don’t forget to watch Jeff Reick and Gloria Porter’s kind exchanges in the video below. Also, at Happiest we love hearing all of your opinions. So please let us know what you thought of the article in the comment section. 🐝