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Keep Tony warm.

The act of one good Samaritan made it possible for a group of people to raise funds for a man in need.

On a snowy November night in Waterford, Michigan, Tony Berard was riding his bike on a seven-mile commute down a busy highway so that he could work a midnight shift at a grocery store. A young driver named Jason Kapoor noticed Tony while driving in the opposite direction and pulled over to offer him a ride, which Tony accepted.

Berard explained that his wife has been sick and unable to work. As her medical bills began to pile up, both Tony's and his wife's cars stopped working, and they did not have the money to fix or replace either vehicle. Berard instead opted to use his bike for his commute to work, despite the harsh winter conditions. He told Kapoor that this was his fifth consecutive winter in which he had to rely on his bike for transportation.

Kapoor was moved by Berard's story and created "Keep Tony Warm," a GoFundMe page to raise money to help him purchase a car.

"Now as you all know the roads were horrible yesterday, and there were a ton of accidents. 1 remember seeing a story about a man who was recently hit and killed riding his bike on Telegraph," Kapoor explained on the GoFundMe page.

"So as I pass this man, not only do the current weather conditions come to mind, but also his safety. I quickly turn around. I throw my hazards on and ask the man if he needs a ride," Kapoor continued. "Without hesitation, he said, 'I would love a ride,' frozen beard and all."

According to WXYZ News, the page raised over $19,000 in just nine days. The money made it possible for Berard to buy a minivan. Additionally, Berard has been given free insurance for one full year.

Kapoor's Facebook page reveals that he has made it his goal to help others in need. In August, he posted that he gave a waitress a $65 tip on a $35 bill. His post explained, "I've been beyond blessed throughout my life, and I know I'm meant to pass the blessings on as much, and as often as I can." He added, "1 know it's not much, but here's one of many more random acts of kindness to come."

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Title Annotation:THE GOODNESS OF AMERICA; Tony Berard
Author:Clabough, Raven
Publication:The New American
Geographic Code:1U3MI
Date:Jan 25, 2016
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