Gone are the balmy spring-like days the Northeast experienced earlier this winter. Over the past week, temperatures in New York City were near freezing.
A subway passenger was able to catch a heartwarming moment on camera Friday night when a fellow rider demonstrated compassion for a shivering, shirtless man on the train.
In the video, a good Samaritan literally gives the shivering passenger the shirt off his back, gently helping the man’s arms into the sleeves.
After this, the good Samaritan, wearing only an undershirt, disappeared from the frame. But he soon returned with another gift — a hat for the cold passenger. After placing the hat on his head, the man slipped away without a word.
WABC-TV's Lucy Yang was able to track down the man in the video. Joey Resto, 23, told Yang that he was on the downtown A train when he saw a homeless man in his car. Other passengers moved away from the passenger because of the odor, but Resto sat directly across from the older man.
"It was freezing that night. He looked cold and hungry," Resto said.
Resto said hiss heart broke for the shivering rider, and he immediately began brainstorming ways in which he could help.
That's when he gave up his shirt and covered the man's bruised head with his own hat.
"He looked so weak and frail. I had to help him, or he would not put it on," Resto continued.
Läzaro El Feo, the passenger who filmed the event, posted the video on Facebook, calling it a "beautiful moment in the NYC subway."
Resto told WABC he hopes those who see the video will be moved to help others who are homeless and struggling.