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His parents were completely taken aback by this incredible woman who was taking care of his mother. She was going above and beyond her duty as a caretaker, so they decided to call him to gush about how amazing she was. He felt like he needed to meet this wonderful woman. When he finally did, she shared a story that left him in tears. But when he stared at her for a bit, it suddenly hit him. His life would do a 180, and it was all thanks to something that took place years ago.

Her Name Is Tunde Hector

Her Name Is Tunde Hector

Rontunde Hector / Facebook

The wonderful woman who had the entire family gushing about her was originally from Bogart, Georgia. Her name was Tunde Hector, and she was going through a rough patch. She’d recently divorced her husband and was starting to slowly get her life together. Life was no picnic, but she believed that God would guide her path. Tunde had no idea what life had in store for her. But before things could get better, they were about to get worse for Tunde.

Not A Penny To Her Name

Not A Penny To Her Name

Tunde was having a rough time, as she could barely make ends meet. Every day was a struggle for her, so all she could do was pray for a miracle to come her way. But this particular day was about to get worse. It was pouring like crazy outside, and the last thing Tunde wanted to do was step outside, but she knew she needed to stay strong and head to work if she wanted to start rebuilding her life. She never finished her bachelor’s degree, but she was working as a nurse aide at a hospice. She was the type of person that flourished when they took care of others, and she loved her job. What she didn’t love, though, was the fact that she barely had $5 in her pocket. As she was heading to work, her car run out of gas. She was stuck there. Now there was nothing else she could do but head to the nearest gas station. Thankfully, someone had been watching over her this entire time.

Getting Stranded

Getting Stranded

Bogart, Georgia

In 2014, Chris Wright was making his way to church along with his entire family when he run into a car that seemed to be stranded. Then he saw a woman walking under the rain. She was obviously trying to reach the nearest gas station. As you probably already figured out, the woman was none other than Tunde Hector, and she needed someone to come to her rescue. Chris had no idea who she was at the time, so he just kept driving. When he finally got to the Cornerstone Church in nearby Athens, he told his family to go ahead and get inside the church without him. Then he hopped back on the car. Chris knew there was something else he needed to do first.

Church

Church

The Cornerstone Church

Chris drove all the way back to where he had spotted the helpless lady. He asked her if she needed any help, which Tunde obviously needed. Everything had gone from bad to worse in a few hours. She was already late for work and her car had left her stranded on the road. She felt truly abandoned. But Chris’ life motto was simple: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” A verse from Matthew 7:12. Chris needed to help this poor woman, but he could’ve ever imagined that this little act of kindness would end up affecting him years later.

Faith Was All They Needed

Faith Was All They Needed

Rontunde Hector / Facebook

Tunde accepted the ride, of course, and got inside the kind stranger’s car. She was completely drenched as she had been walking in the rain for a while. They headed towards the nearest gas station, which wasn’t too far away, (about a mile and a half, approximately) Still, this allowed them to get to know each other. In a funny turn of events, they were both members of the Cornerstone Church, and even shared the same faith. They chatted for a bit until Tunde was comfortable enough to open up and tell him about the dark times she had been enduring. But Chris was about to completely change her life, and she had no idea.

Feeling Lucky

Feeling Lucky

Rontunde Hector / Facebook

Chris couldn’t help but empathize with the lovely lady who was down on her luck. Not only did he drive her to the station, but he also wanted to pick up the check for the gas. He felt it was the least he could do. She got completely teary-eyed and accepted the kind man’s offer, as she was counting pennies and would barely had enough to fill up her tank. In a way, Tunde felt like Chris was sent from above. And she was about to discover that there were more miracles coming her way.

Sent From Above

Sent From Above

Chris made sure to help Tunde until the very end. He drove her back to her car and helped her fill up her tank. But he couldn’t muster up the courage to say goodbye to someone so lovely. For some odd reason, he felt connected to her. Everyone goes through hardships in life, and he knew it, so he felt like there had to be something else he could do for the kind woman. That’s when Chris decided to take out his wallet and completely empty it. He gave Tunde all the money he had on him, which at this point in her life, was more than she could ask for. She was stunned. She gave him a big hug, and they both said goodbye. But a few years later, Chris would be going through some dark times himself.

A Grim Outlook

A Grim Outlook

YouCaring

Life got a bit tough for Chris in 2017, when his mother’s health took a turn for the worse. Judy had been struggling with Parkinson’s disease for a while, so Chris decided to move to Georgia to be closer to her, as her condition was getting worse. Judy was so ill, she needed medical care 24/7. And despite getting round the clock care from her beloved husband, the situation had gotten teary-eyed worse, it was time to hire a professional. That’s when they decided to look for a professional nurse. The woman they had hired canceled at the last minute, but someone else showed up.

In Complete Awe

In Complete Awe

YouCaring

The woman who did show up at the door seemed to be quite experienced. She greeted everyone and introduced herself. She had extensive experience in the field, as she had helped many patients who were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Chris’ parents were fascinating by how amazing and kind the woman was. She knew exactly what to do, and how to help Judy, and she always did it with a big smile on her face. She radiated positivity, and she was clearly willing to do everything in her power to help Judy. Chris’ dad was so overjoyed, he needed to call him to let him know his mother was in great hands. But Chris had no idea that this would be the second time he met this lovely lady.

She’s Unique

She's Unique

YouCaring

“My dad called me after she leaves and said, ‘Hey, I got a lady that we need to use because whatever it is, there’s something different about her that I feel better when she’s in the house, and your mom loves her as well” And I said, ‘Oh, great.’ I texted her and set up a time for her and I to meet to talk about the times she can care for her and what we wanted to have done.” Chris recalled on Good Morning America. But when Chris finally met his mother’s caretaker and starting talking to her, he didn’t recognize her in the beginning. Then when the aide said something, he was left speechless and in completely in awe.

A Bizarre Coincidence

A Bizarre Coincidence

YouCaring

The woman shared a story about a time when a kind man came to her aide when she was stranded on the side of the road, as her car had run out of gas. Chris was completely baffled, but intrigued. It couldn’t be her, right? Immediately, his eyes started tearing up. “I just looked at her, and I said, ‘Tunde, that was me.’ And we both just start crying. And she said, take your hat off. And so I took my hat off, and she said, ‘It was you.’ And we both, we just cried and had a moment right there,” he remembered. They were both so perplexed by the strange coincidence that they couldn’t believe what was going on. Somehow, they had managed to find each other again by accident! But then something terrible happened.

Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye

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A few weeks after their miraculous encounter, tragedy stroke. Chris and Tunde were fascinated by the many twists and turns of life, and how they ended up finding each other by accident. But Chris’ mom, Judy, wasn’t doing so well. Tunde had been by her side every step of the way, but she was clearly losing her battle with Parkinson’s, and sally, she ended up passing away on July 9th. Judy was an incredible woman with a heart of gold. So her family wasn’t the least bit surprised when they realized what her final wishes were.

Sharing Is Caring

Sharing Is Caring

Carmen Wright / Facebook

Judy Wright had always believed you must, “Always do something that is going to last and matter.” So instead of asking people to spend their money on flowers and cards for her funeral, she wanted them to contribute to a good cause. Something that would end up leaving Tunde completely speechless.

Dream Come True

Dream Come True

Carmen Wright / Facebook

Chris knew what his mother’s dying wish was. But he also knew that Tunde had always dreamt of becoming a nurse but life kept getting in the way of that. So he set up a donation link for her. He wanted her to finish school and make her dreams come true. Life had been getting in the way of her reaching her goals, and now, he knew exactly how to help Tunde get her bachelor’s degree. Chris kickstarted a fundraising drive on YouCaring where he shared this heartwarming story. Word ended up spreading like wildfire, and soon enough, the whole world knew about it.

Kind And Loving

Kind And Loving

Carmen Wright / Facebook

The YouCaring site shared Chrs and Tunde’s story, and why she deserved to finally reach her academic dreams. “Tunde exudes joy and lives every breath to serve people as she was designed to do by our Heavenly Father. To know her is to love her and we are all in awe of how God worked so miraculously for our paths to cross again when we needed her most.” The story resonated with so many people, that it quickly went viral. But no one could’ve imagined they would get a call from someone so special.

Reaching Their Goals

Reaching Their Goals

ABC News

The campaign was only looking to reach $1,000 to help her out, but everyone was left in shock when they reached that goal after a mere 45 minutes from posting it online. But that wasn’t all! Donations started pouring in, and soon enough, they had reached $8,000 in less than a week. Tunde was completely astonished. But when she realized they had already received over $20,000 in donations, she just didn’t know how to react. People were so touched by their story, that donations kept pouring in. But there was one more surprise waiting for them.

The Ellen Show

The Ellen Show

Good Morning America

Every news outlet covered this story, and it quickly became a viral sensation. Everyone was fascinated by the strange turn of events that lead to Chris and Tunde’s re-encounter. But one day, they received a call from the producers of “The Ellen Show.” That’s right! Ellen Degeneres herself wanted to meet them and tell the whole nation their story. Now they were ecstatic to meet Ellen, but they could’ve never imagined what she had in store for them!

She Was Helping Out Too

She Was Helping Out Too

The Ellen Show

Ellen was completely fascinated by their story. Much like the rest of the world, she simply couldn’t believe how these two ended up helping one another after life brought them together. First, he helps a woman down on her luck on a rainy miserable day, and three years later, she shows up in his life again, only this time, she’s helping his mother battle a heartbreaking disease. She was compelled to do something as well, and felt like she needed to contribute as well. So in true “Ellen” fashion, she decided to write a check for a whopping $10,000.

Unique Story

Unique Story

Rontunde Hector / Facebook

“It’s just amazing what’s been done,” Chris said. “It’s a neat thing. It’s helped my wife and I, it’s almost like the Lord has used all this to somewhat take some of the stings​ out of the grief of losing my mom.” Chris went on to share. But a quote in the YouCaring site resonated with everyone. “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:2. This story is a beautiful reminder that sometimes, little acts of kindness can end up changing someone’s life for the better.

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