Rockland County, NY - Legislator Wieder Honors NYC Man Whose Video Of Giving His Shirt To Shivering Stranger Viewed By Millions
New York - Rockland County Legislator Aron B. Wieder and his Legislative colleagues have honored a Brooklyn man for his act of kindness, calling him an inspiration for all.
Joey Resto was riding the New York City subway on Jan. 8 when he saw a homeless man who was shirtless and shivering. Resto removed his own top shirt and gave it to the man – going so far as to help dress him and even giving the man his winter hat.
Resto’s actions were caught on videotape by another passenger and he became an internet sensation after the video quickly went viral.
“It takes a person with a giant heart to do what Joey Resto did,” Wieder said. “Joey didn’t even realize that his great deed was being videotaped. He simply did what he had to do…Joey you
represent the best in what everyone should strive to be: selfless.”
Wieder met Resto at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address last week, where he was also singled out for his act of kindness. Wieder said that while Resto may not live in Rockland
County, he inspired many Rocklanders by his actions.
Wieder also called attention to the homeless issue in Rockland.
“Rockland County has no shelter for single men or women who are unfortunately homeless, Wieder said. “That is simply wrong. Helping Hands, a not for profit agency will house them
“Helping Hands receives very little assistance from the county and their meager funding has been cut over the years,” Wieder said. “This, too, is simply wrong. Going forward I will request the county government to be more conscientious when dealing with needy and homeless people because Joey, you have inspired us all.”
Wieder and Rockland County legislature Chairman Alden H. Wolfe presented Resto with the Rockland County Legislature’s Distinguished Service Award.
“I want to commend you for what you did,” Wolfe said. “Just imagine what the world would be like if we all saw the value of just a random act of kindness. It’s one of those expressions we
hear all the time, but what a difference one act can make. By doing this, you have inspired so many people.”
Resto hopes to continue helping people, he said, perhaps by working with a nonprofit organization that specifically helps the homeless.
“I want to thank everyone,” Resto said. “I honestly have no words to explain how grateful I am for everything. Why I did it? It was the least I could have done or the least anyone could have done. I just appreciate all the people that have been touched by the video. I just want to do more.”
Below video: NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo recognized Resto in his State of the State address.
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