Good Samaritan gives gift on wheels to family in need

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For months, Johnny Hassen Jr. said he’s watched one family in Ruston walk around town, through the pouring rain and in 100-degree temperatures. 

He told us he’s watched these parents and their two babies travel miles and miles everywhere they went. Hassen Jr. said he has always wanted to lend them a helping hand. 

On Tuesday he decided to do something about it.

“I saw them in the rain,” Hassen Jr. said. “He was pushing a stroller and shoot- enough was enough.”

He then called a friend at a local dealership and bought the family a car, out of the goodness of his heart. 

“I thought he was crazy at first,” the mother, Savannah Ahrens, said. “I really thought he was crazy. We’ve had people tell us before they would get us a car and they weren’t honest about it. He was.”

“I told them I’m not like other people. We’re gonna get a car today,” Hassen Jr. said. 

This good Samaritan hoped to keep the good deed anonymous, but then the dealership owner posted it to Facebook. 

In less than a day it has captured the hearts of many, garnering thousands of likes, comments and shares. 

“I told him I didn’t want anyone to know. I just wanted to give them a car and then go back to work,” Hassen Jr. said.

This family said his act of kindness gave them hope, just when they needed it.

“There are still good people in this world even though the world is the way it is,” Ahrens said.

“God is good,” the father, Donald Damon, added. 

Hassen Jr. also shared a priceless lesson that everyone can learn from.

“Lend a helping hand from time to time. You never know what they’re going through or what their problems are,” he said.

It doesn’t have to be a car, but you never know how much even a small gesture could help those in need. 

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