A man forced to ride his bike to and from work every day in order to save money to care for his sick wife is getting a car thanks to a Good Samaritan.
Tony Berard of Waterford, Michigan works nights stocking the shelves at the grocery chain Meijer, riding 14 miles each day so that he can afford his wife’s caretaker, whose illness he did not want to disclose.
Berard, 50, was spotted on his ride into work on Saturday night around 10:30pm by Jason Kapoor, who noticed the man’s beard was covered in icicles after the first major snowstorm of the year.
Kapoor decided to pull over and give Berard a ride, and later to raise money to get him a car.
Difficult time: Tony Berard (above) of Waterford, Michigan rides his bike 14 miles every day to and from work to save money for his ill wife and pay for her caretaker.
Good Samaritan: On Saturday Berard was stopped by Jason Kapoor (above) who gave him a ride to work after seeing icicles in the man’s beard
Kapoor told Michigan Live that he could not stop thinking about Berard and his wife after giving the man a ride, and after speaking with her caretaker to verify her illness started a GoFundMe account.
‘Now as you all know the roads were horrible yesterday, and there were a ton of accidents. I remember seeing a story about a man who was recently hit and killed riding his bike on Telegraph,’ wrote kappor on the account.
‘So as I pass this man, not only do the current weather conditions come to mind, but also his safety. I quickly turn around. I throw my hazards on and ask the man if he needs a ride.
‘Without hesitation he said “I would love a ride” frozen beard and all.’
That is when Berard shared his story with Kapoor.
The account has now raised $15,000, which was its goal, and will go to cover a car and insurance for Berard.
Kapoor, a 20-year-old a sales and leasing consultant at Szott M-59 Chrysler Jeep, has actually been doing a lot to help people of recent.
He also posted on Facebook in August that he gave a diner waitress a $65 tip on his $35 bill.
‘I’ve been beyond blessed throughout my life, and I know I’m meant to pass the blessings on as much, and as often as I can,’ wrote Kapoor.
‘I know it’s not much, but here’s one of many more random acts of kindness to come.’