A Florida business owner's random act of kindness may have saved a heartbroken woman's life.
Richard Newberry, the owner of Spooner's Tires and Auto in St. Petersburg, noticed a woman with several bags walking by his shop regularly over the course of a few weeks.
Finally, Newberry decided he was going to talk to her when she passed by, reports Inside Edition. Her name is Ernestina Nunez.
"She started crying ... after a minute or two," Newberry told WFAA. "I [said] I'm your friend, I've been in this boat, I've been where you're at and I've made it through it."
Nunez told him that she walks about a mile every day to Dixie Hollins High School, where she works as a custodian.
She also revealed that her son served overseas as a Marine and suffered from PTSD. Last year, he committed suicide, leaving behind his two young children.
Newberry said that Nunez "was talking about killing herself," telling him, "I don't have any friends."
"I'm going to come out here every day and talk to you," Newberry told Nunez, pledging to be her friend.
In an effort to help Nunez out and lift her spirits, Newberry walked her to where he had several cars for sale. He offered to sell her a car for $600, but it was too much for her. Then, he lowered his offer to $300-$400, but she still was unable to afford it. At that point, Newberry knew what he wanted to do. He offered her the car for free.
Nunez denied the offer multiple times, but he told her, "I'm really serious, it's yours." To prove it, he started a Facebook Live broadcast and made his offer public.
Finally, she accepted.
"I’ve had trouble in my past. I’ve done a lot of bad things in my life," he said. "I broke the law. I’ve been homeless. I’ve been to prison.”
Newberry said he knows how it feels “thinking you have nothing left to go for."
"He's given me hope on life," Nunez told WFAA.
Newberry said that his gift to Nunez helped him just as much as it helped her.
"To me, that shows that I’ve made a big impact in not only my own life, but her. I’ve showed her I’ve matured, I’ve become a better person. It meant a lot for her to do that to me," he said.
Newberry's business started a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for Nunez get her new car on the road.