As you age, your body goes through changes. Activities once done with ease aren’t so simple anymore. Tasks, like climbing the stairs and getting into the car, can be painful— and it’s a struggle Rose Griest knows all too well.
The 89-year-old from Florida has lived a long and exciting life. Now, however, as she’s gotten older, it’s become difficult to do certain things.
Last month, Rose and her 100-year-old husband David stopped at a gas station to fill up the tank.
While they were there, the woman decided to use the restroom. But upon her return, she had trouble getting back into the car.
At this point, three young men were also at the gas station. They had stopped to buy soda and chips for their long ride home to Orlando. As they were purchasing their snacks, the elderly couple caught their eye. Rapper Stoe told Yahoo Lifestyle:
“She [Rose] was so tired, she could barely walk.”
Without hesitation, the trio immediately stepped in to help.
In a video which has since gone viral, you can see Rose, dressed in a lavender track suit, struggling to get into the car.
Two of the men hold and assist her while her elderly husband holds her hand.
Once Rose is properly seated, the third man helps David with his walker
“We didn’t even ask if they needed help,” Marty, another of the men, said afterward.
“We felt comfortable giving them a hand right away.”
“I kept thinking, ‘She could have been my grandmother.'”
The heartwarming scene caught the eye of Officer Kanesha Carnegie of the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, who immediately grabbed her camera and started to record.
In an interview with Yahoo Lifestyle, she said:
“I look over and three men were assisting the couple— it was a beautiful thing to see.”
“I know these men from the neighborhood, and I wanted them to have that moment to show who they really are.”
When Kanesha uploaded the video to Facebook, it immediately went viral.
Shortly thereafter, Tommy Griest, the couple’s grandson, saw his grandparents pop up on his Facebook newsfeed. “I was scrolling through and saw my grandmother’s purple outfit,” he recalled.
Upon seeing the video, Tommy thanked the trio for assisting his beloved grandparents: “Praise these men for helping them,” he said. When asked about the video, Tommy said he doesn’t think his grandparents even know about it. However, “It would make them happy,” he added.
Since being posted, Kanesha’s video has gone viral. It currently sits at 5.6 million views, boasting nearly 100,000 shares. People are enamored by the gentlemen’s good deed. A few comments on the video read:
“NICE! Commendable! The way all should treat each other. I am impressed.”
“Wonderful young men. I bet your grandmother is so proud of you all.”
“I watched that and am in tears. Praise God for those beautiful people.”
Oftentimes, people are too focused on personal matters to help others in need. However, this small act of kindness proves the smallest gestures can have the biggest impact.
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Posted by Kanesha Carnegie on Monday, January 28, 2019