Talk about a good deed.
75-year-old, Delores Marotta, drove into a metro Detroit gas station and asked the attendant to put $3 on her pump. A fellow Michigan police officer who overheard inside the store added $20 extra to her tank!
Officer Todd Bing watched the hobbled Marotta use a few crumpled up dollars and change to pay for the gas. He then felt compelled to help.
"She was so slow-moving that I was like 'I'm going to go pump this gas for her,' " Bing said.
Marotta only had $3 until she received her next Social Security check. She just needed to put enough gas to get her to her doctor's appointment.
Officer Bing followed her to her car and pumped the gas. He struck up a conversation and Marotta shared that her husband had passed away in 2015. She explained that she has been struggling paying her property taxes and groceries. As the two were chatting, Bing continued to pump the gas.
"It seemed like he was putting a lot of gas, because I only told [the attendant] $3," Marotta said.
The 17-year-old police veteran said the act was just one citizen helping another.
The gas station's owner, Seth Kasyouhanan, snapped a photo of Bing paying for the extra gas, which in turn, has been shared more than 22,000 times on Facebook.
Kasyouhanan said that he wanted to capture the moment hoping to bring some light and hope into the world. "I just kind of wanted to show something a little more positive," he said.
After sharing the post, Kasyouhanan received thousands of messages from people willing to drop off money or send it to Marotta.
Due to all the messages, he thought it would make sense to make a GoFundMe account for Marotta.
He set a goal to raise $5,000 for Marotta, but it has been exceeded by several thousands of dollars.
In fact, the amount raised is at $15,240! Whoa! And, that is expected to continue growing.
"God must have sent him there for me," Marotta said regarding Officer Bing.
She said that she is eternally grateful for the support. She appreciates everything and wants people to know how truly grateful she is for their help.
"When my husband and I were younger, we would help people as much as we could. So, if you see somebody or know somebody who is having a hard time, help if you are able to do it."