There’s no one way to do a good deed. If you step up during someone’s time of need, you’re providing something invaluable. But everyone’s needs are drastically different, which means that some good deeds may look a bit unconventional. For example, take 23-year-old Cesar Larios. The college student didn’t just step up to help an elderly woman in need, he stepped down.
Cesar works for HUNKS (Honest, Uniformed, Nice, Knowledgeable Students) Moving and Hauling service in Florida, a moving company that sent him to a 10-story assisted living facility to help with a move. During one of his many rides in the building’s elevator, Caesar found himself in the company of a 79-year-old named Rita Young. Mid-ride, the elevator stopped, trapping its passengers.
Rita suffered from claustrophobia, exacerbating her anxiety during the stressful ordeal. On top of that, Rita’s mobility issues made standing for long periods of time difficult, even with her walker. After calling for help, Cesar was informed that the rescue would take an unknown amount of time. Rita was growing more uncomfortable by the second, fully aware she wouldn’t be able to stand for much longer. With few options available to help Rita, Cesar got creative.
“I offered to serve as a chair,” the 23-year-old told his boss, who then shared his story with the Good News Network. “She was so thankful.”
In an unusual act of self-sacrifice, Cesar dropped to his hands and knees on the hard elevator floor. Committing fully to his role as a human bench, he invited Rita to sit on his back while they waited for help to arrive. Rita gratefully accepted Cesar’s offer, and that’s exactly where they stayed for the 30 minutes it took to free them from the elevator.
”I thought this was a great example of old-fashioned service and helping your fellow neighbor,” said Co-Founder & President of College HUNKS Nick Friedman. “Our company mission is to Move the World both literally and emotionally, and this is an example of our brand coming to life.”