Louis Jordan was picking his mother up from work in downtown Houston when he saw a stranger sitting in the heat.
“It was unbearably hot. I wouldn’t want to be out there in the sun,” Jordan told KTRK.
Jordan, 34, went back to his car and grabbed an umbrella, then returned to offer shade to the woman, Michelle.
“It was going to be a little longer for (the) Metro Lift to come and get her, so we ended up waiting out there for an hour and 45 minutes,” Jordan said.
A Houston teenager waiting to pick his mom up from work decided he could help a woman in a wheelchair waiting for the bus in the sweltering heat with the umbrella inside his car.
Small acts of kindness are the universal key to brightening anyone’s day, and they’re good reminders that good people willing to help strangers in a time of need still exist. Louis Jordan, of Houston, Texas, made it his mission to do good by others.
“I pray that God allows me to be used every day—I’ve been down and out so much; I’ve been that person,” Louis tells KTRK-TV on May 17, 2018, after a photo of him providing shade for a woman in a wheelchair at a bus stop went viral. Louis spotted her while waiting to pick up his mother after work.
“It was unbearably hot—I wouldn’t want to be out there in the sun,” he thought, so Louis grabbed an umbrella from his car and helped the woman escape the blazing hot sun. “It was going to be a little longer for (the) Metro Lift to come and get her, so we ended up waiting out there for an hour and 45 minutes,” he added. The two started a conversation, which began their unlikely friendship, and now whenever Louis sees her waiting outside, he grabs his umbrella and spends a little time with her.
It has become a ritual. Now, anytime Jordan sees her waiting for a ride, he grabs his umbrella and goes to enjoy some time with her.
“We laugh, joke. She’s in a book club,” Jordan told KTRK. “Come to find out, she likes pork chops.” Jordan said.
Jordan’s mother, Vernette Botts, took the photo. She said her son’s act of kindness was nothing new.
Botts said Jordan rescued his grandmother, who was trapped during Hurricane Harvey last year.
“She was trapped inside, four feet of water, no power,” Botts said. “He called me back from my mom’s and said, ‘I got her.'”
“We laugh, joke—she’s in a book club,” Louis laughed. “Come to find out, she likes pork chops,” Louis says when asked about the duo’s friendship. Louis’s mother, Bernette Botts, spotted the two bonding one day and decided to snap a picture, and she is “one proud mama.”
Bernette’s done an excellent job raising her son, and his repeated altruistic nature is evidence of that. Just last year, Louis went out of his way to rescue their grandmother in Hurricane Harvey’s torrential downpour, which left much of the city flooded. “There are ways we can help others every day,” he says, “these acts of kindness, big and small, are reminders that there’s still good in the world.”
The rest of us could take a few notes from this teenager, because the world always needs more kind souls.