The good will of one man has caught the Internet by storm. A photo posted to the Only in Hamilton Facebook page on October 6 shows Godfrey Cuotto performing a random act of kindness, and it has since gone viral.
People near and far are commending Cuotto for comforting a special needs man while the two of them sat side by side on public transit last week.
Cuotto, a 21 year old student, held the hand of Robert, a 30-year-old deaf man suffering from cerebral palsy, during their 30-minute bus ride, Huffington Post Canada reports.
Someone spotted the heartwarming moment, documented it, and submitted it to a Facebook page dedicated to documenting the goings-on in Hamilton, Ontario.
The photo was uploaded on October 6 and has since received over 50,000 likes, nearly 12,000 shares, and about 2,000 comments.
According to Huffington Post Canada, Cuotto thought he was being pranked when Robert held onto his hands after shaking them. But he soon realized what was really happening.
“He just needed comfort,” Cuotto told Huffington Post Canada.
“I just allowed it, like what am I going to do?” Cuotto continued. “Sometimes you just have to be selfless and put someone else’s needs above yours.”
Cuotto stayed on the bus with Robert until the end of the line, according to the Independent. His generosity of spirit prompted a member of Robert’s family to reach out to and thank him for being kind to her Uncle.