Briana DiGiorgio was sitting in her friend’s car earlier this month when she saw something happen off the side of the road that made her gasp.
Thankful God made my blessings bigger than my problems.
They’d just exited an upscale shopping center and a homeless man in tattered clothing, holding up a sign requesting help. In the (literally) freezing weather, he was alone.
“This poor man was standing at a red light desperately trying to stay warm,” she wrote online.
But then the car beside her stopped, and a man got out of the car.
The man approached his homeless man, and once DiGiorgio realized what was going on, she pulled out her phone to film.
The first thing you can hear on the video is her gasp.
Witnessed this man giving a homeless man the shirt off of his back, literally. Y’all, it is freezing cold in Alabama. This poor man was standing at a red light desperately trying to stay warm. If you listen closely, you’ll hear the guy proceeding to tell him that he was going to get him something to eat and that he’d be right back. I was in tears. This is the kind of people we need more of in this world. This is absolutely beautiful… #FaithInHumanity
Posted by Briana Rose DiGiorgio on Saturday, January 13, 2018
The man had taken the coat off his back before DiGiorgio had caught on to what he was doing—then he put the jack around the homeless man’s shoulders.
“I thought, ‘I have to get it on video, I have to,'” she told Alabama Living. “It’s something I don’t see every day. I posted it so others could witness what I saw.”
The man—who community members later identified as a local doctor, neonatologist Rees Oliver—then gave the homeless man a hug.
But he wasn’t done. If you listen closely, Oliver is heard telling the man that he was going to get him something to eat and would be right back.
“I was in tears,” DiGiorgio wrote on Facebook, where she uploaded the video. “This is the kind of people we need more of in this world. This is absolutely beautiful.”
The video went viral, with over a million views and now over 20,000 shares.