For some Easthampton guys, what began as a simple business venture grew into a summer they will never forget.
Anthony Pascinella, a youngster from Easthampton, went to work with his pals merely to earn some additional money. The inaugural day of a car wash that would permanently alter their lives was Monday, July 17.
As for the first automobile, Pascinella remarked, "We were pretty excited because that's when it all starts."
On that steamy summer day, Pascinella was diligently washing a car when he realized his job wasn't coming out spotless.
As we were waiting outside, he arrived and said, "Here is some money for you guys. We are all confused and are like, 'Really?'" "So I walked into the store and was just like I asked for to see what we could start with and how much it would cost." Added Pascinella.
Pascinella is referring to Dan Williamson, who is 38 years old. The Advance Auto Parts employee shocked the boys by giving them money to improve their business by purchasing washing equipment. Williamson even took the time to demonstrate how to wash a car correctly to the children.
"We were incredibly perplexed and excited. We were thrilled but perplexed as to why they were trying to assist us, Pascinella said.
The boys' unexpected encounter with Williamson ended up being their last. Williamson, unfortunately, died from a heart attack one day later.
It will take some time. Williamson's mother, Marla Kelley, said, "I know he's not here anymore, but I assume it's gonna take some time to sink.”
Although Kelley is still in shock at her son's untimely passing, she recognized him when she heard the account of one of his final acts of kindness.
Danny adored children. He was just like that. He was an extremely kind and upbeat person, said Kelley.
The lads chose to give Williamson's family that week's earnings after learning the news because they wanted to honor the guy who had assisted them. Before a family member showed her a Facebook post, Kelley claimed she was completely unaware that this car wash even existed.
"I was reading it and it made me cry...I did come down and view it, wash my car, and sit here on that day,” Kelley said.
The next morning, those boys gave Kelley $500. She said that the funds will benefit Domenic Williamson.
"I'll make sure he gets whatever he needs, whether it's school clothes or anything else, on a CD. It's like watching my son grow up all over again, Kelley said, watching my grandchild develop.”
According to Pascinella, if he had one final chance to talk with Williamson, he would just want to express his gratitude.
Pascinella stated, "Thank you for aiding us and initiating this all, as we wouldn't have gotten that far without the starting items.”
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