Woman passes it on to office custodian

By Sabrina Squire - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – We're paying it forward with three hundred dollars today, to a woman who believes we should all be more respectful and more helpful to the elderly. In this week's "Acts of Kindness," she passes it on to the 79-year-old custodian of a south Richmond office building.

We met Angela Meredith at her job in the Boulder's Office Park. She was eager to tell me about co-worker, Georgia Arrington. She says she takes care of the staff.

"She's wonderful, she's always nice to everybody," said Meredith.

In addition to taking care of the building, Meredith says, "she cleans all the restrooms and she empty's all the garbage and she vacuums. She takes care of us."

Angela says she and Ms. Arrington hit it off from day one.

"She was like, 'How are you? I noticed you're new here just wanted to welcome you,'" said Meredith. "She lives on social security and you know you don't get much from that, and working part time you don't get benefits, you don't get holiday pay."

Sabrina Squire: "Thanks for agreeing to pass it on. Here's 1 hundred, 2 hundred, 3 hundred dollars."
Angela Meredith: "Thank you Sabrina. Let's go find Georgia, ok?"
Sabrina Squire: "Okay."

Angela Meredith: "Ms. Georgia, I'd like for you to meet Matt and Sabrina Squire."
Georgia Arrington: "Yeah I know her."
Sabrina Squire: "Hi, Ms. Georgia."
Georgia Arrington: "I see you every night."
Sabrina Squire: "Oh my gosh. I'm pleased to meet you, and honored to meet you because I heard you are beloved by everyone in this building."
Georgia Arrington: "Who told you that?"
Angela Meredith: "I sent them an email about you in the program for Acts of Kindness, really and they asked me to give this to you. I just want to help out every little bit that I can."
Georgia Arrington: "Oh my God. Thank you so much." (Hugs Angela)

Angela Meredith: "Ms. Georgia takes care of everybody and I just want to thank her for taking care of the messes I make."
Georgia Arrington: "Oh Lawd, I've seen this on TV but I never thought it would come to me."
Sabrina Squire: "Any particular plans for this little Act of Kindness?"
Georgia Arrington: "Whew, pay a bill. Yeah pay a bill."

Ms. Georgia tells me she's been cleaning buildings in the Boulders, since retiring from Richmond Memorial Hospital.

"I like to keep busy because with the arthritis, you know," said Georgia.

She's rarely misses a day, even when the chemotherapy she gets for Leukemia takes a toll.

Georgia Arrington: "The last time it did."
Angela Meredith: "I was worried about her."
Georgia Arrington: "Because I lost 30 lbs."

Here, she says the work isn't hard, and she knows hard work.

Georgia Arrington: "I used to work on a farm, sun up to sundown."
Sabrina Squire: "Doing what?"
Georgia Arrington: "Farming, picking cotton."

As for picking up the trash, she plans to give it at least one more year.

Georgia Arrington: "I'm trying to get to 80."
Sabrina Squire: "Well, I hope this has brightened your day."
Georgia Arrington: "You never know, you'll never know."

If you'd like to extend an "Act of Kindness," remember it can't be a relative and you must pass it on to someone deserving within one hour. 

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