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Good deed helping blind woman a huge hit on Facebook, in news


Pictou native Austin MacNeill has discovered this week that a little kindness can go a long way. 

Pictou’s Austin MacNeill is receiving international attention after this photo by Terri Bordage Stevens was shared on Facebook of him helping an elderly, blind woman home. It has since appeared in places as far away as the U.K. and in the U.S. FACEBOOK – TERRI BORDAGE STEVENS

A photo of him helping a 72-year-old blind woman home with her groceries has gone viral on Facebook and is making headlines as far away as the U.S. and the U.K.

“Yesterday I saw it on Fox news and stuff. That was pretty crazy the fact that it’s international,” he said.

The 22-year-old who is living in Halifax while he goes to school started working at the Sobeys on Queen Street about six months ago.

While working there, he met Mary Cogswell, who is legally blind. At her request, he routinely helps her carry her groceries home. On Friday, he was doing one of the routine walks, when Terri Bordage Stevens saw.

"I was driving in Halifax by Sobeys Queen Street and made my friend slow down so I could snap this wonderful picture," Bordage Stevens wrote in the Facebook post. "Now that’s putting your customer first."

MacNeill said he didn’t think it was anything out of the ordinary.

“We do it all the time. It’s just kind of regular thing,” he said. “There’s a few people we do it for – really whoever needs the help. We do it the best we can.”

He hopes that maybe this incident will inspire others to help others.

“It’s the little things that matter really,” he said.

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