83-yr-old was too “terrified” to ride escalator, until kind young man took his arm

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A simple act of kindness at the Holyoke Mall in Massachusetts is going viral and inspiring the world to extend a little kindness.

It all started when shopper Alonzo Johnson was on his way out of the mall. As he headed towards the exit, the young man spotted something that made him pause: an 83-year-old man hesitating to go down the escalator.

“He seemed really terrified,” said Alonzo. “Something made me stop and just ask if he wanted to come down with me.”

The two road down the elevator together, side by side, chatting. “He was telling me how he is 83 and I told him he looked nice. It was a great moment.”

Little did Alonzo know, a fellow shopper named Paula Picard had snapped a photo of him and his new friend, posting it on Facebook with the following caption:


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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?’

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.

Share this sweet example of kindness and compassion today!

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