Life is already difficult for many. So, when you throw a physical disability into the mix, life becomes even more challenging. Regardless of who we are, what our setbacks are, or what our age may be, it is important that when necessary, we rely on one another for help.
For one bus driver, who goes by the name of Thaddaus Turner, volunteering to help one of his elderly passengers, Gene Hubbard, cross an under construction road was not an option but a necessity. His help was all out of goodwill and for Gene’s safety.
After being diagnosed with diabetes, Gene eventually went blind in both eyes and has been suffering from vision impairment for two decades now. His condition, however, wouldn’t stop him from getting around town and doing what he loves.
While Gene had a cane to help him navigate, nothing would be more important than to have a second set of eyes help guide him, especially crossing a busy street dotted with orange cones and large clumps of dirt alongside the road. But Thaddaus offered just that as he hopped out of his driver seat and linked Gene’s arm to his as they carefully set off down the street to where Gene needed to be.
Watching the bus driver help this man gave me instant joy. But, apart from video footage provided by cameras embedded in Thaddaus’ bus for security purposes, others also noticed the respectful act. One person even took a photo and posted it on social media.
Gene later told Fox 6, “If I don’t have a regular locating point to start from, I may as well be in the middle of the ocean.” But thanks to Thaddaus’ help, Gene made it safely across the street and was very thankful for the kindness this man displayed for him!
I think if we all would go out of our way to help others when we can, the world would be a happier place.
That said, next time you come across someone with an impairment or who otherwise may be in a dangerous situation as Gene could have been, show them that you care by helping them with whatever task they may need assistance with.
I heavily applaud Thaddaus for his kind heart!
Check out the clip below to get more details about the bus driver’s selfless assistance for his elderly passenger! Give him some love by sharing the footage on social media.