Angels Among Us

Politician Caught In Random Acts of Kindness

Politics is one of those things you either love or hate. The same goes for politicians. They get a bad rap, but every once in a while there’s a good egg — like Devyn Keith. Huntsville has already fallen in love with the youngest council member ever to serve the city, but it’s the little things you don’t know about Devyn that make him so special.

Rachel Bryars, one of the editors at Yellowhammer news, recently wrote about an interaction she had with Devyn. Rachel was playing basketball at the YMCA in Madison when she hurt her foot.

As she was jumping for a rebound, she came down on her foot wrong and heard a pop followed by pain. She limped off to the sideline to sit down, and a man stopped playing in his own game and came over to help. At the time, she didn’t know the soft-spoken gentleman was a city council member.

“He was humble and gentle, and when he was sure I was okay, he asked if there was anything else he could do to help me,” Rachel wrote on Yellowhammer News. “I sheepishly told him I had left my water bottle and bag in the gym … would he bring them to me? He happily retrieved them, asked me if I was sure I was okay and sincerely wished me a blessed night.”

He even got ice from the smoothie bar for her to put on her foot.

Before Devyn left, Rachel asked for his name so she could look up his address and send him a thank-you note. On a whim, she googled his name and found out exactly who had helped her earlier.

This one act of kindness might go unnoticed by others, but it meant a lot to Rachel.

“It’s easy to forget how it feels to be weak or sick or hurt when all is going well, when I’m feeling healthy and strong, when life is full and hectic, but good,” Rachel wrote. “Keith’s act of kindness is a powerful example to me of the impact it makes when someone busy sees a need and stops to help.”

Click here to read about the other things Devyn has done for the community.

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About the author


Jessie Harbin

Jessie is a newlywed living in Meridianville with her husband and three dogs. She's learning to sail on their 26-foot sailboat in Guntersville. At the time of publication, nobody has fallen ill because of her cooking.

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