READ: Be Kind To Strangers And Here's Why

It's happened to all of us -- getting a wrong number text. Most of us will either ignore it or text back a quick "wrong number" response.  Sometimes fate steps in, however, and a wrong number text can change your entire life.

When a woman named Syd texted a photo of herself in a dressing room asking a friend for advice on how the dress she was trying on looked, she had no idea she had actually texted Tony Wood, a complete stranger. Instead of dismissing the photo, he replied with a picture of five of his kids smiling and giving thumbs-up signs with a text that read, "I believe this message was intended for someone else. My wife isn't home, so I couldn't get her opinion, but the kids and I think you look stunning in your dress! You should definitely go with that one!" 

The response alone made Syd feel warm and fuzzy, so she took to social media to post how sweet the interaction was. Turns out, Tony Wood’s wife wasn't home when the text came in because she was at the hospital with their sixth child, who is battling Leukemia. When social media got wind of this, everyone started donating to the family's GoFundMe. The goal of $10,000 was quadrupled and the family has since responded, "Our needs to get back on our feet have been met! We can't thank you enough, but any further donations are unnecessary!" 

Moral of the story: Simply being kind to a stranger can have a huge pay-it-forward effect.


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