“I’ll Never Forget the Way I Felt — Thankful for the Goodness of People, the Kindness of Strangers, the Amazing Story I’ll Recount For Years”

Matt Douglas and George

Source of Photograph (Matt Douglas on left; George on right):


On Labor Day Weekend in 2013, Matt Douglas and his wife and three-and-a-half-year-old daughter ran into major car trouble as they were driving to a lake in New Hampshire. White smoke started pouring from their car — sometimes a little white smoke, and sometimes a lot. With difficulty, Mr. Douglas drove to a Monro Muffler shop, where he met George, who was waiting for his own car. George looked at Mr. Douglas’ car, and he knew that it needed some major repair work. He also knew that Mr. Douglas would have difficulty getting a rental car because of Labor Day weekend — either all the vehicles would be already rented, or the rental places would be closed. After getting his car, George said to Mr. Douglas, “Listen: if you can’t find a solution, you could always borrow my car. I don’t need it this weekend because I’ll be driving my truck.” Mr. Douglas continued to look for a car to rent, but he was unsuccessful. Finally, he called George and said, “George, I don’t know if you’re my guardian angel or just an amazing person, but we’re completely stranded. I’ll take you up on your offer.” In five minutes, George showed up at the Monro Muffler. They drove to George’s house and exchanged contact information, and George handed over the keys to his car. Mr. Douglas wrote on his blog, “With tears in my eyes, I pulled away from this wonderful man’s house. I’ll never forget the way I felt — thankful for the goodness of people, the kindness of strangers, the amazing story I’ll recount for years. I’m now sitting 80 miles north of where we broke down. A few minutes ago, George and I exchanged text messages and he simply told me to enjoy myself. George’s car is in the driveway and the rain is falling steadily in the darkness. In the next room over, I hear my family playing safe and sound, sheltered from the darkness and the rain.  All because a complete stranger made the choice to help a young family in need. All because someone trusted a random person who desperately needed assistance. All because of George.”

For Further Information: Matt Douglas, “All Because of George.” The Startup Swami. 31 August 2013


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