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Blue Line Good Samaritans Get National Attention After Helping Man In Wheelchair

By Kate Shepherd in News on Nov 6, 2015 8:23PM


A Chicago man's Facebook post about a couple of Good Samaritans who helped a man in a wheelchair on the Blue Line has gone viral.

Jack Stankovic noticed a couple who slipped money into the bag of an apparently homeless man sleeping in his wheelchair on the train last weekend and he didn't let the deed go unnoticed. He posted this on his Facebook page early Monday morning and it's been shared 76,521 times as of Friday afternoon:

"Please share.

"These 2 people must be put on blast. I am on the ‪#‎blueline‬ heading towards the city when I spot something rare and sometimes unheard of. There was a disabled homeless man in a wheelchair sleeping, this guy in the picture reached over and slipped some money into the homeless man's bag. No one else noticed but me. This wasn't spare change, and the homeless man wasn't bother or asking for anything from anyone. This couple got off at the ‪#‎irvingpark‬ station. Thank you sir for reestablishing my faith in humanity. You sir are a true gentleman. ‪#‎cta‬ ‪#‎goodsamaritan‬ ‪#‎karma‬ let's all share and thank this guy and his girl."

The Tribune identified the couple as Courtney White and his wife Tanya Prewitt-White who were riding the Blue Line home from O'Hare Sunday night following her grandmother's funeral in Alabama.

People from all over the world have shared the story and even contacted the Whites and Stankovic on Facebook.

"We were just trying to pay it forward," Prewitt-White told the Tribune. "My husband and I talk about this all the time—about our own self-righteousness, about how it's easier to become hardened and not make eye contact or smile at people who appear homeless because then you don't have to look pain and suffering in the face. It's definitely been a journey for the two of us."