A man who held a stranger’s sleeping baby while the young mother filled out paperwork in a doctor’s waiting room has been praised for his touching act of kindness.
Natasha Wilson, who captured the sweet moment in the US state of Alabama, described the incident on Facebook – pointing out the touching act between the white man and black woman.
“Racism is still VERY real in our society today BUT THIS MAN GAVE ME HOPE & a sweet memory I’ll never forget!!”
According to Ms Wilson’s account, the man asked the mother from across the room if she would like him to hold her baby while she filled out her forms.
The woman smiled and said that would be great.
Once he was holding the baby, the man “rocked and loved on the baby like he was his,” according to Ms Wilson, who posted details of the incident last week.
“If you know this man tell him what an amazing person he is!!” Ms Wilson wrote on Facebook.
The man was later identified as Joe Hale and the woman as Jade West.
“I felt relieved and appreciated at the fact that he wanted to help, he seemed really genuine,” West told “Good Morning America” on Monday.
“He was talking to him as if he was his own grandchild and had known him his whole life. He was just the sweetest.”
Wilson said she wished people would see people for people and not colour.
“For a stranger, a white man at that, asking a young black mother if he could hold her baby to help her out, then the way he loved on that baby like it was his own, it almost puts me to tears every time I think about the love you could see radiate from him for that baby,” she said.
West said while it’s OK for people to think differently, it’s important we take care of one another.
She added: “Regardless of skin colour, we are all just human and can love one another! I truly believe that if each one of us do our part and teach our children that colour doesn’t exist, our next generation could be colourblind.”
One Facebook commenter wrote: “Maybe there IS hope for humanity.”
“[It’s] nice to read a nice story like this after all the hate being spread right now,” another said wrote.