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A Random Deed of Mercy

Kindness on the Train Platform

Two weeks ago, I was on the Amtrak train platform waiting for the early train to Albany, N.Y. There were a few of us on the platform. None of us knew each other.

A man and his wife said something to me, like, "Do you want this copy of the newspaper." I said "No, but thank you. I can't read anything till I have a cup of coffee in me."

A young man overheard me and said, "There's a coffee vending machine inside the station." The man was covered in tattoos. He had an erring. He looked like a gang member, but you can't judge a book by its cover.

I wasn't carrying any cash on me, and said, "I'll wait till I get on the train so I can use my credit card."

He said, "No, here, get yourself a cup of coffee." He handed me the 60 cents. He made my day. I thanked him and got my cup of coffee. It wasn't the coffee that made my day. It was his kindness.

Nope, you can't judge a book by its cover.

Let's always seek to serve others in ways big and small!

— Michael, Albany, N.Y.

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