When you lose a loved one, there are so many things you have to take over without even realizing. It could be as simple as making your own coffee in the morning and as difficult as having to take over all the finances.
But it's the little things that our loved ones did for others that we often forget to continue. For Velvet Poveromo, when her husband Charlie passed away, she had a lot to do. Charlie passed suddenly after suffering a heart attack at work.
Before he passed, Charlie had started a tradition of leaving out refreshments for the local garbage men after noticing how hot they were a few years prior.
"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," Velvet recalled in a Facebook post.
Charlie realized how happy the workers were with his generous offer, and decided to make it even better. He set up a large cooler with ice and water bottles for workers to grab as they were out for the day.
“As word spread, we’d often see not only our sanitation engineers, but DPW employees, police officers, firemen, construction workers and the like stop by for a breather, some shade under our tree and a nice cold bottle of water," Velvet wrote.
After Charlie passed in May, Velvet had a lot on her mind. But the rising temperatures reminded her of Charlie.
“Once the weather started getting warm, I thought, ‘Oh, my God, the water bottles,'" she said.
Velvert knew she had to carry on Charlie's legacy, so she set up the cooler once again. This time though, she left a note.
“In case you were unaware, my husband, Charlie, passed away suddenly at age 57 on March 10th. I will do my best to continue to provide bottled water.”
It wasn't long before Velvet received an amazing response.
"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!!" Velvet continued.
“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," she said.
Velvet believes this is a sign from her late husband.
“This is his latest reminder that he’s still very much a presence in our lives,” she said.
People have started leaving cases of water for Velvet to continue with her good deed.