16-year-old Seth Phillips was driving with his mother in St. Louis, Missouri when he noticed that a disabled man was having a hard time getting himself to safety as he was wheelchair bound. Apparently. the weather forecast said a tornado could hit soon.
We live in a world where people are selfish and they have good reason to be. People are skeptical of one another and they just don't seem to trust people as easily as they once used to. But, even in a world filled with hate and rage, there are still a few people who have their hearts made in gold. According to People, 16-year-old Seth Phillips was driving with his mother in St. Louis, Missouri, when he noticed that a disabled man was having a hard time getting himself to safety as he was wheelchair bound. Apparently, the weather forecast said a tornado could hit soon.
Residents of Missouri Know That When The Tornado Warning Siren Sounds, it’s Time to Seek Shelter.— ~Marietta (@MariettaDaviz) May 24, 2019
Gregory Beck, a Double Amputee, Was Trying to Do Just That but While Other Drivers Honk & Yelled, Seth Phillips 16, Told His Mom to Stop The Car.#BeKind 😇 pic.twitter.com/OnriYNRoMS
So, when Seth saw the man struggling to get himself to safety, he asked his mom if he could help the man, and then jumped out to push him to safety. On the wheelchair was Gregory Beck, a double amputee who is legally blind because of complications from diabetes, and he was wheeling himself home before the tornado that was about to hit the city, according to KMOV, a CBS Affiliate.
Gregory Beck was at the grocery store when storm sirens were going off, and was having a slow time getting home. A teen in the area became his hero when he offered his help. https://t.co/UzRrpF8NFg— KLFY NEWS 10 (@KLFY) May 25, 2019
There were several drivers on the road all rushing to get back home before the tornado, but they kept yelling at Beck to get to safety. That's when Seth, who was determined to get Beck to safety because he couldn't do it himself, asked his mom if he could get out of the car and help him to safety. Even though Beck only had to go quarter of a mile to get home, the journey takes him around 25 minutes and nearly 10 stops in between.
Such good people ❤️ Thank you Seth Phillips & Amber Gilleylen for caring and helping Gregory Beck. This story brought tears to my eyes. Blessings to all three of you 🙏 https://t.co/iSkWgxWmR3— Kimberley Bercaw (@DuchessofAloha) May 27, 2019
“Everyone kept telling me the storm is coming and you need to hurry up and get home,” said Beck. “This lady and her son were hollering at me like, ‘Are you okay?’ “He added: “Very lovely lady driving and her son. Just the greatest people and very concerned about other people, which America needs to start doing more of.” There definitely has to be more people who wouldn't hesitate to help people in need, and kids like Seth need to know it's good to be selfless, especially at such a young age.
An act of kindness! Blind Gregory Beck was on his way home in his wheelchair when tornado sirens sounded. Only one teen helped him and pushed him home. #help #kindness #support #community https://t.co/y7yo1LHasL https://t.co/3VzwuNjsWR— Consumer Goods Club (@ConsumGoodsClub) May 25, 2019
Seth's mom Gilleylen, who recorded her son helping Beck get home, said that she hopes other teenagers “will see that it’s the cool thing to do, you know, it’s good to help other people. It doesn’t make you uncool to stop and help someone who needs it.” She also added that while she's incredibly proud of her son for helping a man in need, she's not surprised that he did what he did.
@mnholcombe I want to buy Gregory Beck and electric wheelchair. Can you please put him in touch with me?— Dinah Perez (@DinahPerezLaw) May 25, 2019
“His only complaint was, ‘It makes me sad that people would rather fly by and honk at a disabled person rather than to lend a hand,'” Gilleylen told the news outlet. Seth needs to realize that not everyone is as loving and caring and kind like him, and he is bound to come across people in his life who won't be bothered about anyone else but them. Soon Gilleylen also realized that Beck needs more help than just being pushed to safety one time, and hoping someone else as caring as Seth comes by to help him again.
Seth, Not too many of you left. Thank you for helping those who need help!!— Federal Security & Investigations LLC (@1987fsiagency) May 27, 2019
They decided to set up a GoFundMe page to help Beck out and find a more permanent solution: We noticed that he is using a wheelchair that isn't quite fitting his needs. He doesn't have foot rest's and he is left to have to use his partially amputated leg to help walk/roll himself a quarter mile uphill, sometimes daily. He can't drive due to his disability and so he's left to have to get around as best as he can with his wheelchair. We really would like to get this man an electric wheelchair and provide him with a safer and more sensible way to get to and from home for his needs. Please consider helping.
Too funny. I have used a wheelchair for 40 plus years. If I relied on abled bodied others for help I would be in deep trouble. So yes the government must set up evacuation plans for all.— william j peace (@wjpeace9) May 27, 2019
Seth wants to see the world become a better kinder place, so I am asking you to help me show him what can happen if we all pull together and make a way. If somehow some way we are able to raise the money needed to get this man his chair, I will be sure to donate the overages to a needy cause. Thank you all so much again for all of the love and kindness you have shown Seth. You all give me so much credit, but in reality, I owe all of you so much too because when you praise and reward a child you can make them believe they can move mountains. So I thank you for helping me to plant seeds of love and kindness in him.