You wouldn't believe what a stranger did after hearing debt-ridden girl's call to her mother
Leeds Beckett University graduate Ella Johannessen had fallen into debt during her final year in college when she had to drop her part-time work to concentrate on her studies.
Every once in a while we are deeply touched by the kindness of strangers, and it is only appropriate to thank them.
Ella Johannessen from Hitchin, England is looking for one such stranger who helped her with money after hearing her discuss her financial difficulties with her mother on a train.
Johannessen's call to her mother while she was on the Virgin Trains East Coast service train on January 27, touched a benevolent chord in the stranger's heart, who placed £100 in a napkin near her to help her tide through her financial problem.
I was sent this story by my friend @izitsocial its an uplifting story about kindness. Can you help Ella Johannessen say thank you? Kindness can be as simple as a smile, or a compassionate gesture like this one. #kindnessmatters #strangeronthetrain https://t.co/DNZpsnJW0T pic.twitter.com/Hga5nxwBcF— The Happiness Poole (@happinesspoole) 29 January 2018
“I was rather stressed and upset over my financial situation and was trying to locate what had happened to £35 that had been sent to me over a bank transfer,” Johannessen wrote on Facebook. “I spoke to her (Johannessen's mother) about how little money I had, how worried I was about my finances and I got upset.”
Johannessen was aboard the train from London King’s Cross Station to Leeds, when she had made the call to her mother to discuss about the financial problem at hand.
What a kind soul 🙏🏻 ^HP— Virgin Trains (@VirginTrains) 29 January 2018
Later in the journey, the stranger gave her £100 and placed it under a napkin while Johannessen slept peacefully.
The 23-year-old graduate from Leeds Beckett University told BBC that she had fallen into debt during her final year in college when she had to drop her part-time work to concentrate on her studies.
To her surprise, after waking up from her nap, Johannessen found the money ($141) neatly tucked into a napkin on her lap. Touched by the gesture, she began to cry.
"After a terrible 18 months where I lost my father and both of his parents it showed me that there are kind and good people in the world," she said. "I would like to tell the person that they are a fantastic human being and it has really lifted my spirits and massively helped me out," she added further.
Johannessen revealed that the money donated to her will prevent her bank account from being over drafted. In the hope of finding the person, she went on to write a thank you note for the compassionate stranger on Facebook, and she plans on keeping the circle of the good deed moving by volunteering for a charity in Leeds.
It's a moving story isn't it? Im so glad someone was listening to her, she's been through so much and is one of the loveliest & kindest friends I have! And that's not a problem Sophia, I have passed your message on to her! Hopefully she will be in touch with you shortly😊— Natalie Primavera (@n_primavera) 29 January 2018
The Facebook post, in question, has been liked more than 21,000 times and shared by over 18k people.
So heartening to see such kindness. What a wonderful thing to do :)— sara goodman (@porridgecake) 30 January 2018
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