Helping Strangers Minute for Boy Scouts

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This Minute is meant for Boy Scouts.
One day a boy was playing along the bank of a river that flowed through a city. Unfortunately, he fell in and was quickly caught in the current, spinning away downstream, screaming for help.
Many people stopped along the bank, watching the boy in trouble, but not able or willing to go in after him.

At just that time, a man was crossing a bridge over the river, on his way home after a very hard day at work and heard the commotion. He looked over the side of the bridge and saw the boy flailing his arms weakly. Immediately, he dropped his lunchbox, tore off his shoes, and jumped over the edge into the cold water below.

Having earned the Swimming and Lifesaving merit badges in Scouts, he caught the little boy and pulled him to shore. As he drug the spluttering boy onto the ground, he finally recognized him - it was his own son.

This man was only thinking of helping someone in need. It didn't matter to him who it was, he was just prepared to help. That is how it often goes - when you set out to help others, it often helps you more than you can imagine.

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