“Can I just give him…” she starts to ask, already trying to get up. Ella grabs her plate of steak and potatoes, as Eddie picks up his camera, curious at what his daughter’s going to do.
“Sure, go ahead,” he said. “You got it.”
She walks out of the restaurant and then hands her fork and plate to the man sitting on the bench.
“That’s my girl right there, I just love her to bits,” Eddie said, watching from the window. Ella was humble about it—afterward, she scrunched her nose and gave Dad a smile.
The adorable video went viral for good reason—even major news channels broadcasted a clip of Ella’s act of kindness. The father and daughter were interviewed, and the little girl captured the heart of the nation.
“Ella has always had a big heart,” Eddie told TODAY. “Whenever we pass homeless people on the street, she always asks me for money to give to them.”
As the video gained popularity, the man on the bench was identified, by his sister, as David Salkowski.
Days after Eddie posted the video of his little girl on Facebook, he got a phone call.
An emotional woman introduced herself as Roseanne Salkowski. She cried through the entire half-hour phone call, explaining that her brother had left home six months ago and she hadn’t seen him since. Her brother’s name was David, he was 62 years old, and a veteran suffering post-traumatic stress disorder who hadn’t been well since he returned home.
Roseanne saw the video of Ella, and was so relieved to see that her brother David was okay. Eddie took to Facebook to spread the message—now Roseanne is looking to reconnect with her brother. We wish Roseanne the best of luck in her search!
A father filmed his 8-year-old’s beautiful reaction after seeing a homeless man outside during their family dinner.