Throughout our lives we meet thousands upon thousands of new faces. While many of them simply pass us by without a second thought, there are some who's memory can carry with us forever. Charlie Poveromo is one of these people.
A man who understood the virtues of charity, and valued others even more than himself at times. His former employer, Tony Del Gatto had this to say about him:
"He was one of the finest gentleman I had ever met." He said. "He spoke directly to people, his eyes never wandered. There could be 20 or 30 people at the bar that needed attention but when a person spoke to him, they were the most important person in the room."
Unfortunately, Charlie passed away at the age of 57 in March of 2018. While he may have left this world, he is still remembered by many for his simple acts of kindness.
On a searing hot summer day during a heat wave Poveromo had noticed some garbage-men that appeared to be in distress. The sweltering heat was overwhelming the municipal workers as sweat dripped from their brow, their skin pale in the sun's brutal rays.
That's when Charlie sprung into action on his only day off. During the height of the summer heat Charlie's wife Velvet Povermero recollected the events in a Facebook post:
"He came running into the kitchen, grabbed a bunch of plastic cups and our big jug of water and made sure everyone got as much as they wanted."
Charlie then made sure the workers were comfortable in a shady spot while they satiated their thirst.
"The next morning at 6:30 am, after working all night and only getting a few hours of sleep, he loaded them into one of our coolers and waited for the truck to roll up,"she recalled.
Charlie then went out to the garbage truck upon its arrival to tell the workers that he had set out a cooler with as many refreshments as they needed. Soon many employees that worked outside in the summer months heard of this cooler and stopped by for refreshments. By the time of his death most everyone in his town was aware of Charlie's cooler.
"I had to step into his shoes," Velvet remembered. "Once the weather started getting warm, I thought, 'Oh, my God, the water bottles.'" She thought. "It was his tradition, and I had to honor him." After her husband's passing, Velvet decided to continue his humanitarian effort to make sure everyone in need could be hydrated in the summer sun.
She placed out the cooler in the same place Charlie had with a photo of him and a note on a piece of cardboard explaining that he was no longer with us. Many in her town have donated water and snacks to the cooler in remembrance of Charlie and his good deeds. Charlie's coolers have even been spotted in many other places around the country. "It's taken on a life of its own," said Velvet. Even after Charlie's passing the things he did out of the kindness of his heart will carry on his memory for years to come.