When mom-of-two Coty Vincent was struggling to carry both her children one stressful day, one rent-a-car employee made all the difference. However, neither person had any idea of the incredible reaction they would receive when their heart-warming story went viral.
Vincent lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her twin sons, Levi and Holt. The loving mom welcomed her baby boys into the world in August 2015 and since then has been getting used to her new life as a mother-of-two.
Like most new moms, Vincent regularly posted adorable updates about her sons on her Facebook page. The 25-year-old doted on her sleeping babies, celebrated family moments and shared countless images of her gorgeous blue-eyed boys.
Then, when the twins were 11-months-old, Vincent added a status update with a difference. An image posted to her timeline in June 2016 showed one of her boys being held by an Enterprise employee.
Vincent had been forced to visit her local car hire office in Tulsa after she and the boys were involved in a hit-and-run incident. And what would be a stressful situation for anybody was made even more difficult by the practicalities of transporting her twins around without a double stroller.
However, that’s when the man in the photograph – John Goodlett – stepped up. Indeed, as his branch manager Marlyn Jones put it, the 25-year-old “went above and beyond” the call of duty to help Vincent in her hour of need.
When Vincent arrived at the Enterprise branch, she’d brought two car seats for Levi and Holt, but no double stroller. So, unable to carry both her boys, she asked Goodlett if he’d mind bringing one of them in from the car into the office.
And Goodlett was more than happy to oblige. Indeed, not only did he carry the little one inside, but he also hung onto him while he began to process Vincent’s order.
“He was working away, holding him like a champ, like he’s done it his whole life. I can’t even multitask that good,” Vincent recalled in an interview with TODAY. And the new mom was so impressed that she decided to share her experience on social media.
In the glowing post, Vincent described Goodlett as “one of the most compassionate and caring people [she’s] ever met.” Furthermore, she also took the opportunity to inspire others to carry out simple acts of kindness under the hashtag “#BeAJohn.”
Within days of sharing her touching story, Vincent’s post had gone viral – clocking up more than 224,000 likes and 24,000 shares. Soon, the story was noticed by Enterprise’s social media department, which alerted the company’s corporate headquarters.
Yet the ever-modest Goodlett was taken aback by all the attention his good deed received. “What did I do so special?” he asked TODAY. “This was something that’s part of my instinctual way to do. It’s kind of shocking to see the world took it as such a big motion.”
Goodlett went on to say that he hoped his act would help “get the message out that this is the way people are supposed to treat each other every day.” He also added, “We could all help each other and be a little friendlier.”
Perhaps Goodlett’s thoughtful reaction had something to do with the fact he could empathize with Vincent’s situation. Himself a twin, Goodlett described his bond with his sister Jalisa as “natural love, and it’s deep.”
Recognizing its employee’s efforts, Enterprise offered Goodlett a gift card as a reward. But, proving that selflessness seems to come naturally to him, Goodlett chose to pass on the gift to a local boys and girls club which he had attended when he was a kid.
Meanwhile, the company also gifted Vincent with a new double stroller, meaning she can now transport her little ones more easily. Subsequently, the young mom said she was left speechless by the overwhelming reaction to her original Facebook post.
“There are a lot of great Americans in this country and that’s what we really need to see,” Vincent said. “People are getting depressed and hearts are getting so heavy from everything going on right now,” she added.
“It’s up to us to turn this around. So many have forgotten we are humans and we do kind things and we do treat each other with respect and smile and hold doors open and do these little things. I want to remind people they can be kind to one another,” she said.
And so the Oklahoma native is now inspiring others to commit “small acts of kindness.” “What John did for me, and I’m sure what he’s done for many others, has just made a better day. It could be something as simple as offering lemonade at your local park, buying a hotel room for a homeless man for a night or opening a door for somebody,” she said.
Vincent’s message was echoed by Goodlett, who took the time to thank fans for their support via his Facebook page. “I appreciate the positive energy we have going and let’s keep it up by helping each other,” he wrote.