Standing in line to pay for your items at the store is never fun. But sometimes, good things can happen. Has a stranger, out of the kindness of their heart, ever bought you lunch? It doesn’t happen every day. But when people reach into the depths of their goodness and share that with others, it lights up the other person’s life like a lantern. Good deeds can lift other people out of depression and even help them back away from the edge of suicide.
While a hidden camera ran, Mike Kesterman was caught sharing his gratitude for the people of the United States armed forces. Because he happened to be at a gas station while a convoy of soldiers arrived, Kesterman opened his heart, and his wallet, to make sure they knew there were still Americans out there who valued good, old-fashioned service for this country.
With his wallet open and a smile on his face, Kesterman informed every member of that convoy that their snack would be paid for. Although he didn’t think anyone was watching, nor did he care if they were, one of the cashiers at the gas station, Darlene Davis, had her eye on the good deed as it unfolded.
With her smartphone in hand, Darlene started recording. She recognized it for what it was and knew it was special. Because Kesterman was paying it forward because of the soldiers’ service to the country, she wanted to honor him and highlight his goodness.
After Darlene’s video of him went viral, the news stations flocked in for an interview. Kesterman told WTHR 13 that he wanted to bless the lives of these soldiers.
“Our young soldiers. They put their lives on the line every day they are doing this. We have to show appreciation for what they are doing,” he said.
Compared to their service, Kesterman would argue, what are a few snacks?
At the end of the day, Kesterman spent about $148, but he felt every penny was well worth it.
Although he got his fifteen minutes of fame from the incident, Kesterman was not doing it for that reason. He wanted, simply, to honor the people of the United States military and recognize them for the hard work they do every day at risk of their life and limb.
In the video below, you’ll be able to watch this incident unfolding. And it has the power to warm your heart.