Good Neighbors

Woman's Post About Stranger's Act of Kindness Goes Viral

When someone she never met went above and beyond to help her when she needed it most, she knew she had to share the story.


When Erica Christine Usinger got a flat tire on I-85 in Charlotte, NC last week, she didn't expect anyone to stop. She had broken down a few times, and no one ever pulled over to help before.

This time was different.

A few minutes after she pulled off to the side of the road, a car pulled over behind her and the driver asked if she needed help.

"He didn't even think twice about whether or not I was a good person," Usinger told WBTV. "He just saw that I was stopped, and helped me anyway."

The man, who she knew only by his first name, Teewon, stayed with Usinger for over an hour as they waited for her mother to arrive with a spare. When they found out that both her and her mother's spare tires were flat, he lent her his own so that she could get her car off of the road. Then, they went to a gas station where he filled both of their spares.

"He was doing a lot more than I expected anyone to ever do," Usinger said.

Usinger and her mother offered to pay for Teewon's dinner to thank him for his help, but he wouldn't take the money. He said the only thing he wanted was for them to pay it forward if they saw someone else in need.

Usinger was so struck by Teewon's kindness that she went home and shared her story to Facebook, along with a photo she snapped of him changing her tire. She said she hoped that others would share the story, and she also wanted to get the attention of his employer to let them know what an incredible person they have working for them.

"What was a bad evening ended on a positive note and restored my faith in humanity," she wrote.

The post quickly went viral and has been shared almost 40,000 times. Teewon's girlfriend (pictured below with Teewon) reached out to Usinger on social media and let her know his full name (Teewon Vaye), and that he works for Wells Fargo.

A day later, Teewon sent Usinger a video message to thank her for her post. With his two small children crawling all over him, he said, "I feel like if we could help a person in the smallest way possible, we all can make a difference in this world."

Usinger just hopes the message of kindness will continue to spread.

"I think it shows that there are lots of good people in this world, and this is what we should be applauding people for." - Erica Usinger

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(Source: Erica Christine Usinger Facebook)

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