After finishing her shopping at the Dollar General in Griffin, Georgia, Connie Belle Jenkins Sweet was preparing to leave the parking lot when she looked up in shock at what was happening in front of her. She saw a teen inside the store near a helpless white woman and couldn’t believe what she saw him doing when he thought nobody was looking.
Sweet told Fox 5 that she had gone to the store with her nephew, Senquavious Driver, but as they were about to leave, Driver got her attention. An elderly white woman, who they later learned was 81, was shopping alone for a soda, when everything about her day changed in an instant.
“We were about to pull off and leave when she was trying to get out of her car, but she was struggling to get on the sidewalk,” Sweet told the news station. “She barely could walk.”
Noticing the struggle was one thing, but what her teen nephew who was with her at the time did about it was far different. All the elderly woman wanted was some fizzy refreshment, but she stumbled and fell to the pavement just trying to get into the store. Driver jumped out of his aunt’s car and looked like he was just running to the stranger’s aid, but he did something else.
The young Griffin High School senior came up behind the helpless woman and picked her up off the ground, then let her know to lean on him for support into the store. He led her inside Dollar General but didn’t just pass her off to someone else as their problem. He carefully led her up and down the aisles since she didn’t just need a soda, she wanted a friend in that moment and found it in the teen. He gave her his ear and she told him about her recent injuries that made walking next to impossible. Meanwhile, Sweet watched from the car and was proud of what she witnessed from her nephew.
Senquavious Driver helping the 81-year-old woman
“I was in tears taking pictures because he didn’t hesitate to help her, and that made my heart happy,” Sweet told the news station. “I’m so proud of him because I know and love the lady that raised him, my sissy.” This awesome aunt not only saw a great kid but the result of incredible parenting from a mother who instilled patience and kindness into her son.
She could have raised him to see the differences in people and hate someone for their skin color while blaming them for life struggles they suffer that white strangers have nothing to do with. Driver’s mother did him and society an incredible favor by showing him love and respect and teaching him to share it with others. Thugs don’t become criminals because of their race — it’s how they were raised — in the same way that there is a good parent behind every good kid.