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Stranger helps struggling dad after spotting him studying on the subway

This is one of those stories that will help restore your faith in humanity! 

Denise Wilson was travelling home on the subway recently, when a man sitting across from her pulled out a green folder and started reading it. 

A few stops later another passenger got on the train and sat down beside the man with the green folder. And, as Denise explains in a post shared on Facebook, this man noticed that the dad with the folder was looking slightly confused, and asked him what he was studying. 

"He says his son failed a math test – they're learning fractions so I'm just teaching myself this over again so I can help him. I'm 42 and don't know any of this so I'm re-teaching myself," the guy in the red jacket said, according to the post. 

Wanting to help, the stranger informed the dad that he, in fact, used to be a maths teacher. The pair then sat together on the train with the stranger breaking down each question and sum to ensure the father had a better understanding of what he was reading. 

"Everything he got wrong or was confused about he broke it down and corrected him. By the end of my train ride the guy in the red had a better understanding – he can bring home a new method and teach his child," continued Denise. 

Not surprisingly, the post has been shared over 40,000 times with many people praising the stranger for helping out a father in need.

"This is the way it’s supposed to work and how human beings are supposed to interact and help each other," wrote one. "What a wonderful thing to share as a reminder of how we all should treat each other!"

Another thanked Denise for sharing the story: "This is so beautiful. Thanks for posting this"

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