For those who have a mission in life to spread kindness, a simple action like holding the door for a stranger or paying for another customer’s meal may not seem like a big deal.
What they don’t realize is that others are always watching and what may be a small act for them could have a huge impact on someone else.
Mike Dalke is the Assistant Deputy Chief at the Rockford Police Department in Illinois.
Recently Mike Dalke’s wife Amy asked him an odd question. She wanted to know if he had been to McDonald’s.
“Why, what happened?” Mike asked his wife.
He doesn’t usually visit McDonald’s, so he wasn’t sure why she would ask him. She told him about a photo she saw on Facebook, then it dawned on him.
Someone had snapped a photo of Mike and a teen sharing a meal at McDonald’s.
On May 1, while Mike was in between meetings, he got an idea.
“I went over, grabbed him real quick and said, ‘Hey, let’s go do lunch,'” Mike told WTVO.
The Assistant Deputy Chief took one of the teens he regularly interacts with through a local violence intervention program and brought him to McDonald’s.
Mike didn’t realize someone had taken a photo, and has been in awe of the reaction it received.
Donald Lewis, who took the photo and shared it on Facebook, wrote how it’s things like this—that no one ever expects to be recognized for—that truly make a difference within a community.
While Dalke can’t deny the positive attention his act of kindness has generated, he told WTVO the most rewarding part of his job is hearing from people that they’ve been able to change their lives.