Fourteen-year-old Elvis Ingersoll, who works weekends at his dad’s restaurant in Vallejo, California, noticed an older man crossing the street during a hailstorm. Without hesitation, Elvis grabbed an umbrella a previous customer left a few weeks earlier and ran out to shield the man from the inclement weather.
“The hailstorm lasted only 4 or 5 minutes at the most. He could not have gotten caught at a worse time,” Elvis’ dad, Ken Ingersoll, told ABC News of the touching moment caught on camera.
“Elvis, like the rest of my kids, are good-hearted kids,” said Ingersoll. “So many things had to happen just in the right order for this video to be possible, starting with some person two weeks ago that forgot to take their umbrella home with them. It was sitting in a corner of the dining room. I thought about moving it to the storage room several times but never did.”
“Then there is Ricky, the guy has a heart of gold, who comes in most Sundays for breakfast and just so happened to be there at the right time,” Ingersoll added of a customer, Rick Buenaventura, who recorded the act of kindness during his meal. “It’s weird how things happen. Things have to line up just perfectly for that even to happen and for that event to be recorded.”
Ingersoll is proud his son’s simple act of kindness has received such a positive response on social media.
“The attention that this getting is inspiring, especially with today’s media,” he told ABC News. “Too often the attention goes toward such negative events which I think encourages people to do negative things. If Elvis going out there with an umbrella to hold over the man during a hailstorm encourages people to do similar acts of kindness, then we are all a winner.”
Watch the heartwarming video below: