Random acts of kindness typically maintain their randomness.
But occasionally, an act of benevolence goes viral and leads to the Internet’s version of a winning lottery ticket.
Such was the case when a Colorado Springs homeless man named Shelby Hudgens was caught on camera helping to push cars up a slippery hill during a messy snowstorm over the weekend.
Pretty soon, Hudgens was on the local news — and soon after that, he found himself sleeping in a hotel room paid for by a viewer, according to NBC affiliate KOAA.
Hudgens says he has lived out of his car with his dog, Black Jack, and the few belongings he has left since his home burned down in November. He told the station that he’d spent three hours on Saturday night muscling multi-ton vehicles up the icy hill because, well, you and I weren’t going to do it.
Hudgens has no home to go to for warmth, and while he was standing out on the street corner at Fillmore, he decided to help drivers in need.
“I finally said I’m already out here I might as well start pushing cars and people started saying oh here thanks,” he said.
In the nicest of nice guy voices, sounding sincerely happy, he said: “It could be worse. Any time anyone wants to lend a helping hand, it’s always good. It’s just going to make the world a better place.”
Could this guy get any sweeter?
After the segment spread online and on social media, people gave him food, donations and, in at least one case, a job offer, according to KOAA.
A woman named Sarah Webster started a GoFundMe page for Hudgens after she read about his good deeds online.
“I wish that everyone would notice people in need and be able to help them so freely,” she told KOAA. “There’s a lot of people out there that have more than he has and choose not to help.”
So far, the campaign has raised more than $3,500 for Hudgens, who was captured on video in a state of gratitude bordering on shock.
“Hopefully I’ll be able to get a job just as quickly and everything will just keep snowballing and getting better,” Hudgens told KOAA.
Being the spectacular human that he is, Hudgens told the station that he’d like to to work in an assisted living facility and has dreams of becoming a certified medical assistant. He’s said he’s still processing the random turn of events.
“It’s one of those things where you think it’s never going to happen to me,” he said.