Saturday, May 13, 2006

Limo Riders Oil Wheels for Driver's Ph.D Dream

I read a story today in the Atlanta Journal Constitution that really solidified my belief in two things. First, there are still really good people in the world who want to help others and aren't doing it just for the limelight. And, second, it always pays to be nice to people no matter what the circumstance because you never know who you might run into.

The story I am referring to is about a young man named Christopher Martin, who was a teacher at a middle school here in Atlanta, and who also had a dream to get a doctorate from the University of Georgia. In order to pay for his doctorate, Christopher was also driving a limo during his spare time to earn extra money to put towards school.

One day back in December of 2000, a wealthy couple from Chicago needed a ride from the DeKalb Peachtree Airport to the Four Seasons downtown. Christopher gave them the ride in the limo and also took them around town during the week. During the week, the couple were so grateful for the time he spent with them, they basically decided to make an investment in Christopher's life.

The first thing they did was at the end of the first week, they asked him this: If he could buy anything for his classroom, what would it be? They asked him to make a wish list. He hesitated, but about a week later, he mailed in a wish list that included a computer and some software for his classroom. Shortly thereafter, a check for $5,000 arrived from the couple. He couldn't believe it.

About a year later, the couple came back to Atlanta, and this time, the couple asked him again what he needed. He told them immediately what he need for the classroom, and they wrote him a check for $20,000 on the spot.

Then, the amazing part of the story happened... The couple asked him about his personal goals, and he told them about how he was saving for school and that was why he had been working as the limo driver. They told him to stop working and all tuition bills and invoices should be sent directly to them, and they would pay for them.

Fast forward to the present. Christopher is graduating from the University of Georgia where he is receiving his doctorate. His benefactors from Chicago are coming down for the graduation. He still doesn't know exactly what they do for a living except that they are in some type of business and are very religious.

And, the only thing that the couple asked him to do in return was to do something nice like this for someone else who is in need of assistance.

As you can see, miracles do happen. And, this all started for Christopher because he was nice to a couple he had never met.

Good luck and make it a great day!

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