In today’s chaotic world, genuine stories of human kindness have become a rarity. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t people out there who are prepared to give up their spare time to help others. There still very much are, despite the fact that sometimes it seems like we hear more bad stories than good.
A firefighter makes a little girl’s day
A firefighter from Suwannee Country, Florida, showed that we don’t need much to make someone feel special. Captain Chip Leathlean employed with Suwannee County Fire & Rescue made an extra effort to brighten up a little girl’s day.
The little girl, who is visually impaired, was not engaged in the fire safety program and kept apart from other children.
“I understood that visually impaired ‘see’ with touch, and I wanted to include her in part of it,” Leathlean told the media. “When she touched the nozzle, her face lit up, and so did mine,” Leathlean said.
“It was not about me”
Suwannee Primary school published the photos capturing the heartwarming moment on Facebook. The post quickly attracted attention and more than 6,000 responded to it. Captain Leathlean remarked that he didn’t know his act became so popular.
“It was nothing about me,” he said. “It was all about the little girl.
The girl, whose name is Jakhyriana, could not stop talking about what happened in school, her mother explained.
“When she got home, she explained — she was just talking about what happened.”
Jakhyriana’s mom also said that she “cried like a baby” when she saw the reactions on Facebook.
“It reaffirmed positivity in my career and the impact that we have as first responders,” Leathlean said. His act helped little Jakhyriana feel included and special, despite her visual impairment.
“So thankful for our First Responders and their loyalty and commitment to our community,” Suwannee Primary School concluded in their post on Facebook.
People with visual impairment face numerous challenges
Captain Leathlean’s act should make us think more about the challenges that visually impaired people face every day. Not only they have problems with access to information but also face societal stigma and have a hard time finding and keeping a job. Blind people are also more likely to live in isolation which makes their lives even more difficult.
To make the problem worse, many people have misconceptions about the problems blind people are facing. One of the most common misconceptions associated with blindness is that blind people are unable to live normal lives. While they face numerous problems, blind people are still capable of leading a normal life.
Children are particularly sensitive and Jakhyriana’s example demonstrates that visually impaired kids face even greater obstacles than adults with the same disability. Thanks to Captain Leathlean, more people will be aware of the problems kids like Jakhyriana have to deal with every day.
We hope that more people will realize how important is to engage kids with disability. It helps them feel included and raises community awareness.
One act of kindness can change everything.
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Source: 11 Alive