In a world where bad news is more common and heartwarming stories are becoming more difficult to come by, it’s always a relief to hear when someone goes out of their way to make things better.
It could be as simple as doing the basics: picking up trash and helping save the environment, holding the door open for someone struggling with heavy packages, expressing heartfelt gratitude to a teacher.
Or it could be an unexpected act that will consequently inspire a ripple of kindness and concern, like taking two children from the cold and making sure they stay safe and warm until they arrive home safely.
Nicole Chamberlain, a bus driver from Wisconsin, shared with WISN details of how she helped two kids wandering along the road. It happened on a cold Monday morning. It was 18 degrees out, with snow on the ground, when Chamberlain spotted a toddler and her older brother walking outside. It turned out to be a two-year-old girl and her six-year-old brother.
“The little girl only had on a t-shirt and diaper and neither of them had a coat on,” Chamberlain said.
“They were headed toward a busy intersection and I knew there was no school bus stop down there, or school, so I knew right away I had to pull over and help them.”
It was a good thing she was there to make sure nothing worse happened to the two. Moreover, it was also in good timing that no one with bad intentions was around to take advantage of the children’s vulnerability. The quick-thinking bus driver immediately pulled over. She stepped out of the bus and asked the children what they were doing out on such a frigid morning. The kids replied by saying they were looking for their grandmother.
Chamberlain knew what to do right away.
“I said, ‘Come with me, I’m gonna put you on the warm bus and I’ll help you find grandma.’”
She took the two-year-old in her arms and guided the six-year-old onto the bus and called the police. The situation shifted from tense to relieving as the bus driver got in touch with the authorities. Apart from taking control of the situation and looking out for the safety of the kids, Chamberlain also made sure they were protected from the cold. A footage from the bus camera captured the bus driver covering the toddler’s bare legs with her coat.
Within a few minutes of waiting, the children’s grandmother arrived. The relieved and grateful grandmother explained how her grandkids ended up wandering off by themselves. She was in the basement when the little boy went outside, followed by his baby sister.
Fortunately, as of this writing, both children are doing okay and no charges were recommended by the police. The bus driver didn’t think much of what she did and explains, “If that were to happen to my children, I would hope that there would be somebody — a decent human being — that would stop and help my kids.”
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Source: ABC News