More and more people are passing on the word that helping others makes you feel great, and that’s the case for one kind business owner in Albuquerque.
Caring for a child with a disability is not an easy task. One of the biggest challenges faced by single mom Christine Guerra-Candelaria, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was lifting her 14-year-old son, Matthew, from his wheelchair to his car seat, KOAT reported.
This physically demanding task often left Guerra-Candelaria breathless as Matthew, nicknamed Superman, weighs 70 pounds (approx. 32 kg). When he gets older, it will definitely become harder for her to carry him.
Fortunately, Guerra-Candelaria doesn’t have to deal with this challenge anymore.
Steve Paternoster, the owner of Italian restaurant Scalo, saw the single mom’s struggle, and in September 2017, he gave the family a handicap van equipped with a lifting platform.
Now, Guerra-Candelaria can just watch as the handicap van does all the work to get Matthew safely strapped in place. It’s a weight off her shoulders!
“I thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Guerra-Candelaria said in reference to Paternoster’s gift, which has helped make her life a little easier.
Needless to say, Paternoster felt happy to help.
“You give sometimes because it makes you feel good. In this case, it has made me feel good,” Paternoster said.
This act of generosity—done without expecting anything in return and for the sake of goodness—is what humanity is all about.
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