Grief can be overwhelming, and sometimes it takes an extraordinary act of kindness to lift the veil. Leigh Anne Skoda lost her 42-year-old husband to cancer and was all too deserving of the helping hand that came to her from the most unlikely source: a local FedEx driver.
Leigh Anne lives in a small town in Nebraska and has a huge workload since becoming a single parent. Along with her husband, the loving mom kept a beautiful home, looked after their children, and also tended to additional properties that the couple managed together. It’s a long to-do list for just one person.
Certain tasks have been taking their toll on Leigh Anne, namely DIY, repair jobs, and heavy-duty house and garden maintenance. Playing the role of both mom and dad since her loss, at times such as these, Leigh Anne’s grief weighed particularly heavy. Nebraska is no stranger to heavy snowstorms, and after a particularly impressive snowfall one day, Leigh Anne had to perform some maintenance on her car: the tires needed pumping.
The task of pumping tires on a dry, sunny day may border on pleasant, but under piles of freshly fallen snow? Leigh Anne needed some help.
She was bold enough to appeal for help from a familiar, friendly face. It turned out to be the face of Brian Scholl, a FedEx driver whose regular route passed through Leigh Anne’s neighborhood. On this particular day, Brian had parked walking distance from Leigh Anne’s home and she was able to call him over. Happy to oblige, Brian helped Leigh Anne to fix her car.
The pair chatted, using the opportunity of a few minutes on a shared task to get to know one another. Brian learned of Leigh Anne’s recent bereavement. He felt the extent of her sorrow and wanted to help, beyond merely pumping the grieving mom’s car tires to full capacity.
Brian, keen to help but not in the slightest bit interested in accolade, decided to extend a gesture of kindness in the quietest and gentlest way: he returned, later, and without informing Leigh Anne, to shovel the humungous pile of snow from her laden porch. Brian knew how tough it would be for the busy mom to complete the task herself.
Little did Brian know that his act of kindness had been recorded on Leigh Anne’s doorbell camera.
Doorbell cameras don’t only catch people stealing packages. Our FedEx guy stopped and out of the kindness of his heart, scooped my sidewalks. I truly feel like we cross paths with people for reasons. Thank you Brian Scholl for just being you, and being one of the people who truly ‘get’ our situation! #kindessmattersBrian Scholl
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The diligent mom later checked the video and saw what Brian had done. Overwhelmed with surprise and gratitude, Leigh Anne uploaded the touching video to her Facebook account. “Doorbell cameras don’t only catch people stealing packages,” Leigh Anne shared. “Our FedEx guy stopped and out of the kindness of his heart, scooped my sidewalks.” Through his perfectly judged act of kindness, Brian had managed to make Leigh Anne feel thoroughly supported and thoroughly understood.
Social media users certainly had a lot to say. “It’s inspiring to know there are kind people out there despite all the bad ones we hear about!” wrote one. “Best FedEx driver ever! What an act of kindness!” said another, representing the enthusiasm of thousands.
Humbled by Leigh Anne’s video and touched by the public response, Brian himself replied: “You’re welcome Leigh Anne Skoda. Wasn’t a big deal. Part of life is helping people, I was glad to do it.”
“I truly feel like we cross paths with people for reasons,” Leigh Anne concluded. And on that snowy day in Nebraska, Brian was certainly the right man for the job.