On December 8, Isaiah McIntyre assisted an elderly woman in entering Katahdin General Store in Millinocket. It all began when he noticed the woman slipping and struggling on a patch of ice, holding her cane in one hand and her purse in the other.
He got out of his car, asked if she needed assistance, and assisted her to the dry sidewalk; the lady thanked him, and he drove away, not thinking it was a big deal. However, a female bystander recorded the events and posted them on Facebook.
Users identified the good samaritan and the woman in the photo as 93-year-old Marjorie Moore, who said her children asked why she went out on such a cold day, but she assured them that it wasn’t that cold and that there was only a little ice on the sidewalk.
“He was only a young man… “I thanked him and told him he was a very nice gentleman,” Moore recalls, who will turn 94 in January and still lives alone in an assisted living community apartment. The image has been shared over 2,600 times in Maine and as far away as Italy, with messages and comments from everyday people.
“It’s not every day that you see people react positively towards other people,” Mcintrye says, surprised by the outpouring of praise. “There are many people who are very nice. Even at the shopping center, they will notice me and ask if I need assistance getting into the car or with my groceries. “There are a lot of nice people out there,” Moore says.