The city of New York has been on edge yet again since a bomb exploded on Saturday in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, injuring 29.
But a much kinder news story is making the rounds this morning.
Germaine Zolkos, a 14-year Starbucks employee, manages a Starbucks store that was temporarily closed after the explosion (since it was in the affected area). Zolkos, who lives in the Bronx, couldn't reach two of his baristas so he traveled to meet them in person.
But Zolkos felt compelled to do something for the police officers and fire fighters who were still on the scene. So he traveled to another nearby Starbucks, picked up three bags full of coffee and pastries, and delivered them to the responders.
The video quickly went viral, and has already been viewed over 15 million times.
"I wish I could give a little more," Zolkos can be heard saying to the officers on the video. The officers were visibly touched and very appreciative of the kind gesture.
"It was the least I could have [done]," said Zolkos in an interview with Knightnews.com. "These guys, they run to danger instead of, you know, running from danger. I just figured, you know, why not? We should be nice to each other and we should be kind to each other."
In a world where empathy and compassion are sorely lacking, this kind act shows how things can go--when we simply treat others the way we want to be treated.