When a woman walked into a North Texas jewelry store hoping to sell a necklace that her mother gave her in order to take care of some bills, she found herself the recipient of a random act of kindness.
In a security camera video that has since gone viral, the unidentified woman is shown walking into the store with two children. She explains to the lone worker that she wishes to sell her necklace. Although the audio is muted, subtitles in English and Arabic indicate that she is forced to sell it because of financial hardship.
The worker examines the necklace, then reaches into his pocket and hands the woman a stack of bills along with her necklace, telling her that the money is a gift.
CBS in Dallas-Fort Worth tracked the man down. Although the man, identified only as "Noah," refused to give his last name, show his face on camera, or even give the name of his jewelry store, he spoke with a CBS-11 news reporter Jeff Paul about the encounter.
"It seemed like she was sad and there was tears in her eyes," Noah told CBS-11 of his brief interaction with the woman. "I let her tell me how much she wanted to sell it and I gave her exactly what money she wanted... I didn't think about it, I just grabbed the money. I grabbed the money and gave it to her."
As it turns out, Noah knows what it's like to struggle: he and his family are refugees seeking asylum in America. They fled Syria two years ago to escape civil war. His kindness was a reflection of knowing what it is like to be afraid, to be poor, to struggle.
"Doesn't matter what religion you are. It doesn't matter where you're from," Noah says at the end of the CBS-11 video. "This is our humanity. Everybody should do that."