Christina Wolfgram
April 28, 2015 2:52 pm

A teen in Great Manchester, England just made everyone’s day.

Eighteen-year-old Christian Trouesdale, who works in a grocery store, asked his boss if he could help a ninety-six-year-old customer walk home last week. With permission, Trouesdale took off time from work to hold the elderly man’s hand and shopping bags, and together they walked and chatted about the history of their town.

Samantha-Jayne Brady was so moved by Trouesdale’s generosity that she snapped a photo and shared it on Facebook. Little did she know that the photo would go viral. Within a day, her post had 50,000 shares. Now, it has almost a quarter of a million.

“Then stories like this come up and make my heart happy,” one Facebook user commented. The photo is inspiring many messages like this. People are showing their gratitude for Trouesdale’s small act of kindness by donating to a fund. “We need to pull a few pennies together to give Christian a nice Internet bonus,” the fund’s description reads. A few pennies might be an understatement: The site has already raised £355 in one day — that’s well over $500.
If you are interested in helping the elderly like this young British lad, consider volunteering. Google programs in your area or check out national programs like Volunteers of America that provide food, assistance, or some good old-fashioned company to senior citizens.

In the meantime, consider these words of wisdom from the internet sensation himself, Christian Trouesdale. When asked about his motivations for walking the elderly man home, he said, “My parents have raised me to treat other people like you want to be treated yourself.”

Sounds like sound advice to us. What a wonderful reminder that even the smallest of good deeds can inspire countless people!

(Images via here and here.)