"He couldn't stop looking at the cycle and smiling, what else do we need?"

Watch ATM guard is all smiles after good samaritans replaced his stolen bicycle with a new oneFacebook/Tanvi Jain
Social Kindness Friday, October 07, 2016 - 19:49

We have all had that one moment in life when we've lost something that means a lot to us or is loved dearly. For an elderly ATM security guard in Pune, it was his bicycle - possibly his sole means of travel and commute. Imagine his horror then, when he realised it had been stolen one day.

On October 1, Pune resident Tanvi Jain was passing by when she saw the distraught guard, who was almost on the verge of tears, searching frantically for his bicycle. Moved by his plight, she put up a Facebook post asking if someone could donate the man a spare bicycle.

The power of the internet and social media was at play immediately. Tanvi told Buzzfeed that she received about 250-300 messages in her Facebook inbox, most from complete strangers.

Just three days after she posted the elderly guard's story, a cafe near her locality and she herself contributed money to buy him a brand new bicycle. Tanvi also posted a heartwarming video of the elated guard.

"He couldn't stop looking at the cycle and smiling, what else do we need?" she wrote in the accompanying Facebook post. 

Here's a picture of "security uncle" as Tanvi fondly calls him in her post, posing happily with his new bicycle:

Image: Facebook/Tanvi Jain

 

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