After her husband passed away, a widow from NJ decides it was her duty to carry on her husband’s legacy. Now her efforts are going viral and gaining national attention.
Velvet’s beloved husband Charlie lost his life back in March. However, for the prior 8 years he sought out helping those he watched suffer from the terrible heat. Velvet knew she had to continue his good deed.
She told reporters, “My Charlie Love Me…He Loved Other People”
Everyone who knew Charlie, knew how kind an generous he was. They also knew him as a go-getter and someone who didn’t just stand by and watched things happen, he took action. Velvet remembers the one particular hot summer eight years ago when the mission he started that has now made him famous.
Velvet explained, "One day, he saw the garbage truck pull up, he was in the kitchen, and he saw the guy jump off to get our garbage, and he staggered," She continued.“He was sweating and pale, and (Charlie) came running in the house and grabbed a big jug of water, grabbed the jug, grabbed some cups, came out and put them over here under the shade."
Velvet lost Charlie to a heart attack after being married for a blissful 40 years. They first met in High School and had been together ever since.
Having been together so long, Velvet was able to tell what was important to Charlie even if he never said. They had a special connection that only few couples have. That’s why she knew she could never let his good deed die, she knew it meant a lot to him.
What she is now calling “Charlie’s Cooler” is the most important thing in her life. She explained, "It became mail carriers, DPW, all municipal workers," She continued. "Anybody, really. If someone's walking along, and it's hot like it is today, and it was a brutal heat wave at that time. And they're more than welcome."
Knowing what a good thing her husband started was, she shared his deed on social media hoping it would go viral and it did. Now strangers in 15 states have taken note and began their own “Charlie’s Cooler”.
Charlie’s sister weighed in on her brother’s legacy, “"It's given us a reason to smile, And it's such a great way to honor him and keep his memory alive."
Velvet remembers the exact moment she realized just how much Charlie meant to these workers he never really knew. She explained. “… I heard the unmistakable sound of the garbage truck ease to a stop and as I turned to look, I watched in awe as each man stepped off the truck, the driver getting out to join them and in a straight line they stood together and saluted our home and me.
As is happening at this very moment, my eyes filled with tears and my body began to tremble as one by one they each came up to me, grasped my hand, gave me a hug and told me how very sorry they were and that no one had ever shown them the thoughtfulness and appreciation my husband had and then slowly, one by one, they each took a water bottle or two, climbed back up on the truck and gave a loud beep as they drove off.