Becky Wright wears no cape. She has no shield. She cannot fly.
Still, she is a hero.
A few days ago, Wright was a humble social worker, hustling to help senior citizens who are trying to make it on fixed incomes. But Wright, who works at the York County Council on Aging after years working at the Children’s Attention Home for abused kids, is now a star.
In a media and social media world that seeks out the unseemly and awful, the vile and venal, Wright has caught America’s attention with a good deed.
Last week, Wright found $300 in a Rock Hill ATM and immediately called the police to turn in the money so that somebody who lost it might get it back.
Her selflessness has inspired everyone who has read about her act of kindness.
Her story of trying to help a stranger was shared across America Friday afternoon in a river of thumbs ups on social media websites. Two Charlotte TV stations sent people to interview her after The Herald’s story became known all over America via Facebook and elsewhere.
“I never thought that so many people would pay attention and comment on me doing what I thought was right,” Wright said Tuesday. “But it’s been overwhelming and all positive.”
Even people at the Wells Fargo bank have marveled at Wright’s act, and top executives in the company have noticed. Wells Fargo is trying to find the person who was at the ATM before her, spokesman Josh Dunn said. The bank also is considering making a donation to the Council on Aging in Wright’s.
Wright has heard from classmates from high school days in Pennsylvania she hasn’t seen or heard from in more than 20 years. Winthrop classmates and a professor of social work reached out about her good deed. Friends, acquaintances, strangers – all wanted to testify that the Wright’s action have put the lie to the old saying: “No good deed goes unpunished.”
“What happened with Becky is pure Becky, 100 percent Becky, so Becky,” said Libby Sweatt-Lambert, longtime friend and former co-worker at the Children’s Attention Home. “That is who she has been her whole life – caring about others first.”
Rock Hill police concede that someone who finds $300 and calling the cops to turn it in is plainly “rare” – so rare that nobody has contacted them yet to see if the money had been found. Maybe the person out there, thinking the world has become so cold-hearted that the money was spent on beer and cigarettes and lottery tickets within minutes, has no idea that Wright found it and turned it in.
What Becky Wright did and the reaction afterward shows one thing:
There is room for a hero in America.