- Joe, from London, said he wanted to do something nice for strangers
- Maths tutor went around the capital asking: ‘Can I help you with anything?’
- He paid a bus fare, bought a coffee and held umbrella for woman and baby
One man has melted hearts around the world with his decision to offer random acts of kindness to strangers.
Maths tutor Joe, from London, said he wanted to do something nice for people he had never met before – so he took to the streets on a mission.
A heartwarming video shows him going around the city asking people: ‘Can I help you with anything?’
Explaining his project, he admitted: ‘It’s a weird request. Worst case scenario is that no one trusts me. I come away with it thinking that I’m not a nice guy.
‘People are a bit suspicious, they don’t really want to put themselves in danger to someone who might have ulterior motives.’
Testing out his decision, he asks a young boy in a bookshop: ‘I’m trying to be kind to as many people as I can today. What do you think about that?’
The smiling boy replies: ‘That sounds nice.’
The footage shows how people are initially dubious of his motives and ignore him in the street when he asks if they want help.
But soon Joe is able to help many people, performing acts of kindness like paying for a bus fare, carrying an umbrella for a woman and her child and buying someone a coffee.
He then speaks about a friend whose birthday he regretted missing and reveals he is going to give her a cake.
He turns up at her flat to surprise her, and she begins to cry, exclaiming: ‘This is so kind!
‘I feel really moved.’
Speaking about the mission, Joe mused: ‘We can’t say what is meaningful. Because a small thing is meaningful and it can have a butterfly effect.’
The touching video was made for Kindness.org, a charity that encourages people to offer acts of kindness and share them online.
It garnered a staggering six million views in less than a day on Facebook.
‘It was an incredibly brave thing to do. It’s not often that people approach strangers to purely offer their help,’ Henry Hitchcox, founder of Action Productions who filmed the clip, told The Huffington Post.
‘Joe was rejected a lot, but when people did accept his help, it was really moving for everyone involved.’