Sometimes, it’s the simple gestures that make all the difference.
Case-in-point: A mystery woman’s photo went viral this week on social media after she went out of her way to help fellow travelers stranded on a Louisiana bridge.
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It all started Monday, when dozens of cars were stuck on I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge in Lake Charles, Louisiana, for hours. During the ordeal, a woman started handing out food and sharing her blankets.
The kind act really stuck with people, so they snapped a photo of her helping out, and it quickly gained steam. As it turns out, Jessica Jernigan — the woman in question — isn’t on social media and had no idea the photo was getting attention until someone she helped informed her of the development.
Jernigan told KPLC-TV she always travels with extra blankets, food, and supplies. And when she found herself stuck along with others, she wanted to make a difference.
“I had a big bag of clementines and two boxes of cookies, and I said, ‘I bet I can give these away, I bet someone might want these,'” Jernigan told the outlet, noting she keeps an electric blanket, battery packs, water, food, and other resources in her car.
And all of that — the result of her work as a volunteer assistant helping in cave rescue preparedness — truly came in handy during the bridge ordeal.
“It bothered me that I was sitting in this warm vehicle with all of this stuff,” Jernigan told KPLC-TV. “So, I started going car to car and, sure enough, I started to find people who were without supplies.”
Her act of goodwill not only offered assistance to those in need but also inspired others who have seen her story on social media or read about it. It’s a powerful yet simple reminder of the importance of loving our neighbors.
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