ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A man was heartbroken watching a high school custodian walk a mile to and from work everyday, so he offered her a car — free of charge.
Richard Newberry owns Spooners Tires and Auto in St. Petersburg, Florida. He says he used to be homeless and knows what it’s like to fall on hard times.
According to WSCH, he approached Ernestina Nunez on Friday, when she looked particularly sad.
“She started crying, like breaking down after a minute or two,” said Newberry. “I was like, ‘I’m your friend. I’ve been in this boat. I’ve been where you’re at and I’ve made it through.'”
Nunez explained that she walked about a mile to a high school everyday, where she works as a custodian.
Wanting to help, Newberry offered to sell her a car for $600. She refused, saying she couldn’t afford it. He dropped the price to $300, but still she s couldn’t do it.
Finally, wanting so desperately to help, he offered her the car for free. Nunez didn’t know what to say. Newberry broadcast the moment on Facebook Live.
“I’m really serious,” said Newberry. “It’s yours.”
Soon, he learned the real story behind her sadness. Nunez explained to Newberry that her son was a former Marine. When he came back from deployment, he suffered from severe PTSD.
Despite having a wife and two kids, the pain proved to be too much for her son. He ended up taking his own life a year ago.
Nunez was grateful for the car, saying it meant much more than a ride to work.
“He’s given me hope,” Nunez said about Newberry.