Joy Break: That’s No Poor, Shaggy-Haired Stranger You’re Helping

By Nancy Flory Published on August 8, 2018

When we turn on our television or smart phones we are bombarded with news that brings us down. Where are all the good stories? Those stories are still there. Here’s one that we hope will bless you.

When a woman in Medford, New Jersey, saw that a man ahead of her in line at a local convenience store was having trouble paying, she stepped in to help. She didn’t realize that she was about to meet a major country music star.

Acts of Kindness

In an interview with CBSPhilly, Ruth Reed said that she and her husband frequently paid for military folks’ purchases at the gas station or donut shop. “We decided when we saw military people we would treat them at Wawa or Dunkin’ Donuts or whatever.”

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This time was different. The man turned around and asked her name. “He said, ‘Ruth, I’m Keith,’ and I said, ‘That’s who you look like, Keith Urban. Do people ever tell you that you look like Keith Urban?’” When he said he was Keith Urban, she scoffed.

“And I said, ‘Really? Really? Then where’s Nicole? And who was that woman you were with?’” She admits she was rude with him. “He said, ‘That’s my sister, we can ask her,’ and I said, ‘OK, I don’t think she would lie to some old lady.’”

When he told her to check with his bodyguard standing behind them, she realized it was true. He was Keith Urban. “And I just fell apart, fell apart and he was gracious. He really could have said, ‘Lady, get away from me,’ and he didn’t, he was very kind.”

Reed only agreed to the interview with CBSPhilly if they agreed to tell others about how important it is to perform “acts of kindness” for others.

Urban didn’t just take a picture with Reed. He also donated $5 to the Wawa’s donation box.


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