Our world is not full of despondent or jaded people as one would be led to believe by major headlines and every other news channel. People are still driven to acts of kindness and extending a hand toward other human beings, even if we don’t get to hear about them as much as we hear about the bad news. There are guardian angels everywhere if you care to look, one could very well be under your nose. This is what Brittney Nichols thought of her 2-year-old daughter’s daycare caretaker, Christy Owens.
There is an unspoken rule about daycare center employees, one requirement really, and that is: “Must love children.”
Christy Owens, a Louisiana childcare minder has love for children and she has it in spades. It is hard not to notice, especially when you have to consider that you have a special needs child who needs some extra TLC. Brittney Nichols, a mother of a 2-year-old daughter with special needs, noticed how well her daughter took to Christy and how attentive and loving this care worker was.
Brittney Nichol’s 2-year-old daughter was born prematurely and requires extra care and attention. But the Louisiana mother is comfortable leaving her little girl at Benton Preschool and Childcare because one day-care worker in particular, Christy Owens, has a way with her daughter.
“Christy is always so amazingly happy and kind. She treats the children as if they are her own. They all love her as do we the parents,” Brittney said. Finding a caregiver who genuinely cherished the kids as Christy does was rare yet oftentimes such people are taken for granted.
But one day, Nichols really saw Christy outside the daycare for the first time.
That Sunday morning, Brittney Nichol’s saw her child’s caregiver in her Sunday best with Bible firmly tucked under her arms walking to church in the rain. Nichols began wondering about why she was walking.
The thing with Benton, Louisiana, is that a car is a necessity if you want to go anywhere. Nichols wondered why Christy would walk in bad weather.
She immediately texted Christy’s boss.
Upon investigations at the school, Nichols learned that Christy had never owned a car and could not even afford driving lessons to get that driving test.
“And that’s when I was like: ‘Well, I need to do something about that,'” Nichols told KSLA.
Nichols felt compelled to do something about Christy’s transport situation.
Christy needed a car, but Nichols had her own financial woes and wouldn’t have been able to foot the entire bill for a new car.
However, when God speaks and tells you to take action, you need to trust that he’s got your back, she said.
Nichols decided to raise the funds by going to friends, family, and the people who worked with Christy at Benton Preschool and Childcare— even complete strangers chipped in.
“A lot of the support came from the parents that know her,” Nichols said.
After a couple of weeks, she realized she had the money for the car and more. Nichols had enough to buy the caregiver a surprise car, Chevy Cavalier, as well as driving lessons, and even pay for insurance.
Christy had no clue as to what was going on.
She wasn’t expecting any gestures of gratitude or anything like that and continued her normal joyful life with her young charges. So when she was asked to step outside for a moment—she could not believe her eyes and ears when the car was presented to her.
It was all a big surprise, and her initial reaction—her shocked expression, her tears of gratitude—were captured on a video that went viral and even got covered by local TV networks. She didn’t think of herself as an extraordinary person and was floored by this incredible surprise car.
Since word got out, Nichols has received piles of messages about how others wished they could do the same—if only they had the money.
Nichols says that’s not what it’s about. She didn’t have anywhere near the money needed to buy a car, but she had the heart to do something meaningful to help someone she cared about.
“It’s a matter of just making the effort to change people’s lives,” she said.
It really does tremendous effort or time for any one person to be a blessing in someone else’s life. Share this story with someone you care about, and let’s all encourage each other to live by this mindset. With a little bit of faith, anything is possible.