Stranger Stops Behind Elderly Man On Escalator
Cailyn Finkel 6/19/2017
In a day and age where negativity is covered in the news, it's refreshing to hear about people coming together to help one another! That's exactly what happened in the Holyoke Mall in Massachusetts.
Alonzo Johnson was about to head home when he saw something striking out of the corner of his eye! What the young man did next is going viral for all of the right reasons....
Just as Alonzo was about to go downstairs and walk back to his car, he saw an elderly man who seemed hesitant to walk onto the escalator. Without a second thought, Alzona approached the man and asked if he needed assistance.
Thankfully, the woman behind them, Paula Picard, snapped a picture and shared what happened next with the Love What Matters Facebook page.
"A little redemption for the suffering human soul.
The older man was paused at the top of an escalator and a few people started gathering waiting to get on. It was clear he was feeling unsure and this young man offered the simplest kindness: an outreached arm and a 'can I help you on, sir?'"
Facebook/Love What Matters
"He quietly started to explain to the young man that he had gotten stuck on an escalator once and was a little scared. The young man gently offered an assurance, they looked at each other eye to eye for just a moment and the older man accepted his arm. Everyone else remained patient.
So, so sweet to witness!
In about an hour, the evening news will air and we'll be reminded of division, political mud-slinging, shootings and other heartaches. But today, violence, age, politics and other social lines were blurred and one person simply helped another. I wanted to hug both of them.
Whoever this young man is, YOUR FAMILY RAISED YOU RIGHT! THANK YOU! So, please look for the silver linings - as I was so fortunate to witness this evening."
Paula was thrilled to see a young person put their own schedule aside to help someone who really needed it! The elderly man's fear was overwhelming and Alonzo knew that he could subdue his panic.
Hours later, Western Mass. News tracked Alonzo down and asked what this moment meant to him.
"He was telling me how he is 83 and I told him he looked nice. It was a great moment. I walked away and didn't think anything of it until everyone was tagging me on Facebook."
Now Alonzo's story (and Paula's heartwarming photo) has been shared more than 90,000 times and liked by more than 348,000 Facebook users! It's clear that their interaction was something that really resonated with people all over the world.
Facebook/Holyoke Mall at Ingleside
Have you ever stepped in to help a complete stranger - or has someone helped you when you needed it most? Share your own experiences in the Facebook comments section!
Sources: Facebook/Love What Matters, Western Mass. News / FB Image Credit: Facebook/Love What Matters