Up north in the United States, it can become extremely cold without any sort of warning. It’s a struggle to stay warm, as anyone outside for an extended period of time knows.
Christina Calvo is from Waterbury, Connecticut, so she knows exactly what it’s like to endure a harsh winter, especially in the last few years, when temperatures have gone from normal to freezing almost overnight.
Though it isn’t cheap to stay warm, between heating bills and expensive coats, it’s also important to consider those who can’t afford it.
On one particularly cold day, Calvo was driving in her town when she saw an elderly man standing outside near the road she was on. With the temperature being 18 degrees that day, you would’ve thought he’d be bundled up as much as possible. But he wasn’t.
She felt sad that the man wasn’t wearing a coat.
“I started to cry for him,” she said in her Facebook post. The man looked to be wearing only a sweater and jeans—he was dressed for the fall, not the winter. Who knows how many people saw this man freezing and just kept driving. But Calvo couldn’t ignore it.
The woman rushed to the Burlington Coat Factory, purchased the warmest possible coat she could find, and went back to where the man was, hoping that he hadn’t gone off somewhere. Luckily, he was still there.
On video, Calvo walked up to the man with the coat she had just bought. She approached the man asking, “Can I please give you this coat?”
He certainly wasn’t expecting this, as he let out an, “Oh my God,” before Calvo helped him put on the coat.
The two then embraced, with her wishing him a Merry Christmas.
“No one should ever be without a coat in this weather,” she said.
The video, uploaded less than a week ago, is now at over 2 million views.
Calvo’s heart has to be pretty big to be able to do something that kind on the fly. And the 2 million people that watched this recognize that as well. The cost of the coat or the gas didn’t matter to her. What mattered was making this guy’s day a little easier by buying him a coat.
And out of the millions who watched it, someone pretty important saw it.
Only days later, the Burlington Coat Factory had contacted Calvo on Facebook, applauding her for using their store for doing such a good deed.
The company not only praised her, but wanted to reward her selfless act, saying, “We would like to donate 500 new coats in your honor to a non-profit organization of your choice.”
Calvo could’ve never predicted anything like this would’ve happened a week ago. All she was trying to do was help someone survive in this chilly weather, and now she will able to help 500 more people to do the same.
A simple nice act turned into something that Calvo will never forget, and can hopefully spread a message to countless people during the Christmas season. She also hopes her three children will learn from her example.
I was driving down Meriden rd in waterbury and saw this man with no coat. I looked down and seen it’s only 18 degrees out and I started to cry for him. I drove to Burlington coat factory and bought the warmest coat I could find and sped back in hopes he was still there and he was! Nobody should ever be without a coat in this weather. He was so thankful for it. I put it on him and zipped it up gave him a hug and wished him a merry Christmas. 🎄
Posted by Christina Calvo on Friday, December 15, 2017