In the aftermath of the bombing that injured 29 people in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood on Saturday, one good Samaritan said thank you to first responders at the scene with a small but meaningful act of kindness.
A New York Starbucks employee who calls himself “Jermaine” showed his gratitude by handing out coffee and pastries to police and fire department personnel while they patrolled the bombing site. The exchange was caught by KnightNews.com, and the Facebook video has since gone viral with over ten million views.
Jermaine works at the Starbucks location on 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue, which sits about a block away from the explosion site. The officers graciously accepted the gift as Jermaine finished handing over the bags.
“I wish I could give a little more,” he said.
In a separate Facebook post, Jermaine explains the motivation for his gesture.
“I just thought it was the right thing to do,” he said. “I mean they down there and I’m pretty sure some of those guys work like 18 hours. I just never imagined it being so big like this.”