Norwalk, CT

Norwalk Sanitation Worker Says His Act of Kindness Was Partly About Love for His Community

L. Cane

It started like any other day at Dave & Charlie's Hometown Deli in Norwalk, Connecticut. But then owners Dave Kuban and Carlos Gonzales saw something that was a bit out of the ordinary.

An Act of Kindness Caught on Camera:

As Dave and Carlos looked out the window, they noticed that a sanitation worker had stopped his truck to comfort a young woman who was obviously down on her luck. Gonzales then saw the sanitation worker exit his truck, speak to the woman, offer her a "real hug," and give her money.

Touched by the gesture, the deli took to Facebook in an attempt to locate the man so that they could offer him a free lunch for his act of kindness. Carlos explained:

"We wanted to show him we appreciate him doing something like that. We need that in the world today."

Meet Mike Nance:

It didn't take long for social media to track down the good samaritan, Mike Nance, who is employed by WIN Waste Innovations.

When Mike was contacted by News 12, he downplayed his act. Mike said the sight of the woman walking around with everything she owned promoted him to offer compassion, explaining:

"...I hugged her. I said a prayer...I'm a garbage man. We're about the community. I'm about the community. I love Norwalk. I'm from Norwalk. I was born here. So whatever I can do to help, that's what I'm going to do."

Dave & Charlie's Hometown Deli made breakfast for the woman, and Mike Nance also made it in for lunch.

It is so nice to see people trying to offer kindness to one another.

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