A heartbroken mom mourning the loss of her son, who committed suicide the year before, meets a stranger who takes the time to ask if she is all right. After listening to her story, the man decides to help her out by gifting her with a car.
Ernestina Nunez, a janitor at a high school in St. Petersburg, Florida, walks past Richard Newberry’s tire and auto store every day while carrying lots of bags containing groceries and other belongings.
One day in July 2016, Newberry was attending to some paperwork in his store when he looked out and saw Nunez.
“[She] stopped and looked in at me and I could tell she was upset,” Newberry told Inside Edition.
That look prompted Newberry to head out and talk to Nunez.
“She just broke down. She was telling me that she was upset, that she had nothing left to live for. She just needed someone to lean on,” he said.
Nunez’s son was a Marine who served overseas and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He killed himself the year before, leaving behind two young children.
The loss of her son was very hard on Nunez, who further shared that she didn’t have any friends and thought about killing herself.
After listening to her story, Newberry said to her, “I’m going to come out here every day and talk to you.”
To help her from walking to and from work, he offered to sell her a used car at a discount, even lowering the price to $200. When she replied that she couldn’t even afford that amount, Newberry decided to give it to her. She didn’t believe him, so he live-streamed their conversation on Facebook to show his sincerity.
Newberry explained that he also had a troubling past and understands the struggle to get back on one’s feet.
“I’ve done a lot of bad things in my life. I broke the law. I’ve been homeless. I’ve been to prison,” he said, adding that he knew how it felt to think “you have nothing left to go for.”
Nunez eventually accepted the keys to the car from Newberry, who also paid for the initial car insurance.
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Photo Credit: Facebook Video Screenshot | Richard Newberry.
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