How One Selfless Act Can Create a Ripple Effect to Change Many Lives

“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” -Bob Kerrey, Former United States Senator

You never know what a day may bring forth.

Chicago native Anthony Perry, 20 years old, thought it was a day like every other as he got off at his usual Chicago Red Line train stop on the way home from work. He heard a commotion, then realizing someone was in mortal danger, he barely had time to think before springing into action. An unidentified man had just fallen onto the electrified rail and lay dying as a crowd gathered around the scene and began recording the terrifying event.

Perry jumped down and hopped over the third rail to pull the gentleman to safety and began performing CPR on him. Because of Perry’s quick thinking, the gentleman is expected to survive the fall and subsequent electrocution.

In an interview with USA Today, Perry explained, “The guy didn’t have control of his body so I really felt like if I don’t help him, who will help? Everybody was just standing around recording.”

Early Walker, a Chicagoan and founder of the anti-violence group called I’m Telling Don’t Shoot, caught wind of Anthony Perry’s heroic and selfless act. After finally tracking him down, Walker began a conversation with Perry and found out he had been riding the train to and from work due to not having a working car.

Walker was so impressed by the young man’s selflessness and maturity, he decided to repay his kind deed with a $25 gasoline gift card—and the keys to a 2009 Audi A8.

Walker told Perry, “We wanted to literally show our appreciation because we need more people like you. We need more Anthonys in the world.”

To read more about Anthony Perry’s selfless act in USA Today, click here.

We, at Sheltering Grace, are passionate about helping homeless mothers and babies end the devastating cycle of homelessness. Please contact us at 678-337-7858 to learn how you can help. Your one act of kindness can make all the difference to mothers and babies in need.


Sheltering Grace Ministry, Ltd. is a 501(c)3 Ltd. non-profit ministry. We resolve the initial crisis of homelessness by providing mothers with a safe place to live during pregnancy. We also equip them with the tools they need to improve decision-making, enhance employment options, and increase family income to act responsibly as the head of their household. All of our services develop their self-reliance to progress to permanent independent living. Please join us in renewing and rebuilding the lives of these brave women – #Be1of5000.

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