A kind man from Detroit used all of his savings to buy gas for dozens of nurses that are working on the frontline.
Allen Marshall, the man from Detroit, had $900 in his savings account, and instead of spending it on other things, the kind man decided to thank the hard-working nurses in Detroit.
On April 1 and April 2, 2020, Allen stood at an Exxon Station close to the Detroit Medical Center.
He stood there while holding up a sign that read ‘FREE GAS FOR NURSES’.
Allen reportedly purchased gas for between 50 to 80 people on the mornings of Wednesday and Thursday.
After the fund had been used up, Allen simply flipped the sign, which read out ‘Thank you for all you do.’
The best part about this story is that Allen’s wife is also a nurse.
During an interview with the local press, Allen, who is a retired automotive designer, said;
“With all that is going on with the coronavirus, I wanted to thank the essential workers the best way that I can. I really don’t need that tool and thought this was a better way to spend the money. I just paid for gas for a nurse who works at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was on his way home from work and said he was happy to get off the exit ramp and receive free gas. Emotionally, there is no one there to thank them at work and this gesture helped him. It takes a small gesture to show people that we care about them. The nurses and first responders need help as well during this time, and I’m doing my part in making sure they are taken care of.”
The mother of Allen, who just turned 97 years old, is at a nursing home, however, due to the lockdown guidelines, he was not allowed to visit her.
Despite not getting to meet his again mother, Allen has expressed gratitude and appreciation towards the nurses and first responders that provided her with good service.
Not only that, but Allen’s good deed has also inspired others.
Alana, a woman, heard about the story of Allen and was inspired by it so she decided to lend out a hand.
The woman, whose nephew is also a nurse, said nurses are heroes and it is our job to support them through rough times.
She said, “It just kills me every day to know that he’s going to work. I don’t know if he could get sick or what’s going to happen. They’re heroes and we need to do what we can to support them.”
Alana reportedly bought $200 worth of gas for nurses.