(TMU) — A Good Samaritan in Michigan is being praised for his selflessness after using his savings to buy gas for nurses who are struggling to help contain the ongoing, devastating coronavirus pandemic.
Allen Marshall stood on the corner next to an Exxon gas station near Detroit Medical Center holding up a poster that read: “FREE GAS FOR NURSES.”
Marshall had been saving up $900 to buy himself a knife-sharpener that he had long wanted. But the compassionate man changed his mind about the purchase after he dropped his wife, an essential worker, off at Blue Cross Blue Shield for her shift.
He told WDIV:
“I just love them and I want them to know that.”
Marshall used the money to fill the tanks of 50 to 80 vehicles belonging to medical workers en route to the hospital, according to gas station attendant Imran Al Samet.
“There’s a lot coming through,” the attendant commented.
After running out of the money, Marshall then flipped his sign which read on the back, “THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!!!” and waved it to some of the thousands of workers who work at the hospital.
A woman known only as Alana soon caught wind of Marshall’s wonderful deed before she also decided to help by buying another $200 worth of gas for the nurses and pumping it into the vehicles. She told reporters that her own nephew is also a nurse. Alana said
“It just kills me every day to know that he’s going to work. I don’t know if he could get sick or what’s going to happen.
They’re heroes and we need to do what we can to support them.”
According to Michigan’s health authorities, the Great Lakes State currently faces at least 20,346 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and 959 deaths resulting from CoViD-19. Wayne County, which is home to Detroit, has 9,626 confirmed cases and 446 deaths, so far.
Like many hospitals across the country, the DMC hospital system has been slammed by an influx of CoViD-19 patients, straining the capacity of resources and staff at the facility.
An unidentified nurse who was touched by Marshall’s heartwarming gesture commented:
“Oh my goodness, that is so nice of him … That’s so good. God bless him.”
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