(WRIC/ABC) — A Canada man showed a stranger a random act of kindness and is now being applauded as a Good Samaritan.
21-year-old student Godfrey Coutto of Hamilton, Ontario, was pictured holding the hand of a man with special needs in the middle of a crowded bus to comfort him. The photo, which was posted to the Facebook page “Only In Hamilton,” has been shared over 50,000 times.
Coutto told ABC News that he initially believed the man was asking for a handshake. However, after taking Coutto’s hand, the man “held it tight” and “didn’t want to let it go.”
“I had to be selfless in that situation,” said Coutto. “He seemed like a happy guy, so I didn’t want to let him down.”
Coutto ended up staying with the man, known only as Robert, for the entirety of their 30-minute bus ride. Coutto said that Robert held his hand, leaned on him, hugged him and kissed his hands as they sat together.
The anonymous poster of the photo was sitting across from Coutto and Robert.
Coutto said that two nieces and a sister-in-law of Robert’s message him on Facebook after reading about the selfless gesture. They thanked him for being so kind. The family also informed Coutto that Robert is deaf and suffers from cerebral palsy.
The student humbly acknowledged the praise that he’s received since the photo of him went viral online, saying, “I feel thrilled people are recognizing that I did such a good thing, but it’s not about the recognition. I don’t think I’m a role model or hero, I just hope that I’ve inspired people to do the same thing.”