He sent the artwork to her given address and refused to accept any shipping charges. He asked her to donate the money to a charity.
A stranger's kindness is often very moving because of how hard it is to find good people, people who are willing to help out, despite the busyness of their own lives. However, this story proves that there are still many people who care about others and have the heart to help out. A California-based artist shared an incredible story of how a stranger helped her find her lost artwork on a Copenhagen-bound flight, as reported by NDTV.
Alyse Dietel, an artist, was feeling horrible after losing a cardboard tube containing valuable sketches in the overhead bin. The sketches were the ones she made during her two-month stay in Iceland. She contacted the airlines for help but it didn't work out.
She desperately wanted that artwork back. So Dietel posted on Instagram hoping that, by some miracle, someone would see it and be able to help. She also mentioned that there were several large original drawings, three finished commissions, and art from fellow residents. Fortunately, Irek Michal, who works at Copenhagen airport came ahead to help out. He commented that he can check the lost and found section and ask his colleagues at SAS. She wrote, "I didn't expect much, especially after receiving basically a dismissal from the airport."
To her surprise, Michal found her artwork in the lost and found. He then sent the artwork to her given address and refused to accept any shipping charges. He asked her to donate the money to a charity. But just to thank Michal for his help, Dietel sent him her favorite goodies and stickers. She couldn't believe that a stranger would go so far out to help her out. In the post she shared her story, she wrote, "I'm so excited to get my art back and so SO grateful to people who go out of their way to help a complete stranger." Dietel requested her followers also to donate to the same charity.
She captioned the Instagram post, "A feel-good Internet story for y’all! Thank you SO much to everyone who contributed to this happy ending by commenting, liking, and sharing my post and story about it! You’re the reason the algorithm showed my plea to the right person, go team! ❤️🙌🏻 HUGE shoutout to @irek_michal for finding and shipping my tube, talk about an everyday hero!!"
Talking about kindnesses shown by strangers, in another story, Jamie McCall's cat escaped while she was on a cross-country drive preparing to move from Florida to Michigan. Her pet cat Tucker escaped from her room while she was getting something to eat at the motel where she was spending the night in Cleveland, Tennessee. McCall said, "My cat's an escape artist. He sits hunched at the door and waits for someone to open it, then he runs out." When McCall returned from her brief excursion, she was horrified to see Tucker missing. McCall said, "I could not find him. I looked everywhere, for hours."
McCall had to continue her on the drive but posted about Tucker on the Facebook group for lost pets in Cleveland, Tennessee, as instructed by a friend. Holly Lillard who works at a CBD dispensary close to McCall's hotel, found a cat coming out from under a vehicle. When no one came to claim him, she posted a photo of Tucker on the Facebook page called the "Lost and Found Pets" group for her neighborhood.
Before the day was over, she found Jamie's post on the page. She sent images to McCall and she instantly recognized him. As McCall could not afford to ship Tucker, Lillard suggested that her grandparents, who had a house in Michigan and live close by in Tennessee, were visiting in December, and so they could drop Tucker off to McCall. McCall agreed and Lillard's grandfather dropped Tucker off. She said, "He was returned to me right before Christmas, and I was having a really hard time then. It was a wonderful thing."