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Robert Bissell: Businesses jump in to help young mother in need in Northampton

To the editor:

A few days ago as I was leaving Serio’s Market in Northampton I noticed an older car with a very flat tire, a young woman at the wheel and an infant in the back in a car seat. As I approached, the woman exited the car and became tearful.

She explained she had no spare tire, her cell phone was nearly dead and there was no one who could come to help. She declined my offer of a ride and use of my phone. I suggested I let the folks in Serio’s Market know of her dilemma and she agreed.

Within a couple of minutes, Gary Golec, the manager of Serio’s, came outside and escorted the woman and baby to a warm corner of the store. He then proceeded to make two trips to auto stores (Ernie’s garage and Duffy Tire Service) to secure the necessary parts to change the tire (Duffy donated a wheel). The whole process took Gary about two hours.

I salute Gary Golec, Serio’s Market, Duffy Tire and Ernie’s Garage for this selfless help to a family in need.

Robert Bissell

Northampton

Everyone working in the store treats customers in a similar, kind, and thoughtful way. Gary and Chris have been supporting Northampton H.S. sports teams and other community events for years. They've given a first job to many local high school kids. Supporting their local business by shopping there is a great way to show your appreciation.

Yet another reason to shop at Serios! Pay it Forward!

I'm not a bit surprised. Gary's a terrific guy. Kudos to him! I'd also like to think that, had she broken down in front of any other store in Northampton, the response would have been the same. It's not the case, but I wish that it were. Perhaps if there were more public acknowledgment of his good deed, it would serve to inspire others in the community to follow suit. Spread the word, thank Gary when you see him, make a donation in his name to some local cause - let everyone know what kind of people work at Serios and Duffys - the kind that would help this woman in her time of need. Support their places of business. THEY are our community's businesses.

Bravo! Here's a standing ovation!

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