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Charlotte couple with flat tire overwhelmed by offers of help

Eddie and Wilhelmina Bell, who moved to Charlotte from New York: “What we witnessed from these ‘Sunday morning Samaritans’ was Charlotte hospitality in action.
Eddie and Wilhelmina Bell, who moved to Charlotte from New York: “What we witnessed from these ‘Sunday morning Samaritans’ was Charlotte hospitality in action.

My wife, Wilhelmina, was driving us to church on a Sunday this summer when the car got a flat front tire. We were on Park Road heading toward uptown. We stopped, pulled to the curb, put the flashers on and exited the car … only to discover we both left our cell phones at home.

We were standing there on the sidewalk, a little bit lost as to what to do, when a young man approached on the sidewalk and – thankfully – had a cell phone. We called AAA and waited. And we were happily shocked by what occurred as we waited.

Possibly 10 or more people, walking and driving, stopped to ask us if we needed help. They offered us water and invited us to the church just down the street. A person across the street was cutting his grass and twice offered to come to our assistance. An elderly couple approached us, stopped to offer assistance and the woman put her arm around my wife in a comforting gesture.

I was so moved by the kindness and humanity shown toward us. We are black, and all the folks who stopped were white. We would love to say a public thank you to everyone who helped.

We moved to Charlotte from Upstate New York in 2013. What we witnessed from these “Sunday morning Samaritans” was Charlotte hospitality in action.

Eddie Bell, Charlotte

As told to Page Leggett

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