In Florence, Alabama, a woman shared an act of kindness she witnessed at a doctor’s office this week and the story has since spread throughout the internet.
On Tuesday, Natasha Crittenden Wilson posted to Facebook about her trip to the doctor when she saw a woman walking into the waiting room with a sleeping baby. The woman had to finish her patient paperwork but she understandably did not want to wake up the sleeping child.
And upon seeing that the mother’s hand were literally quite full, one man who was sitting across the room offered a helping hand.
The post pictured the man closing his eyes and holding the infant close. The post reads:
“I was in the waiting room at the doc office today and this lady walked in with her sleeping baby! They handed her paperwork to do & as she was sitting there trying to figure out how to hold her sleeping baby while filling out the paperwork, this man, from across the room, asks her if she would like for him to hold her baby while she did her paperwork!! She smiled and said that would be wonderful!! This man went over there and rocked and loved on that baby like he was his!! My heart Melted!!! Racism is still VERY real in our society today BUT THIS MAN GAVE ME HOPE & a sweet memory I’ll never forget!! If you know this man tell him what an amazing person he is!!”
The photo has been shared over 400,000 times and counting.
“He loved on the baby as it was his own,” Wilson shared with CBS News. “I knew that he never interacted with this child before…it was just really really heartwarming.”
Wilson said the picture of the man’s kindness struck a chord in her.
“It was touching for me because my children are biracial,” the mother of seven told CBS News. It was heartwarming “especially because he was an older white man, just completely not thinking anything of race,” she said. “Just loved on this baby as if it was his baby. He completely saw nothing of color, and neither did that mom.”
Wilson was finally able to reach the man in the photo — his family members recognized him and informed her his name was Joe Hill. And the mother was identified as Mrs. West and Wilson was able to connect with her as well.
“I think it’s shown more people and given more people hope,” Wilson said in regards to the photo.
“I’m just a small town girl,” she said. “It’s got to be God saying ‘Look, people. We can love one another. It’s not hard.’ And it’s not.”
You can view the heartwarming photo below.
I told you this would be the sweetest thing you would see all day.
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