Charlie Poveromo spent his nights slinging drinks to a thirsty crowd. During the day, he surprised others with a good deed.
Eight years ago, he noticed the local sanitation workers sweating profusely in the intense summer heat. They weren’t the only ones battling to stay cool and hydrated.
Charlie knew construction workers and other employees out and about in the heat were having trouble that summer. So he decided to do something about it.
“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.”
After Charlie saw how grateful the local sanitation workers were for his icy cold and refreshing reprieve, he headed to the store, filled his cooler with ice and stocked it with water bottles. He told the workers that day that his cooler would always be full and available to them all summer long.
Eventually, Charlie added more than just water. He stuck in juice and even food.
“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.”
But this summer, the cooler wasn’t there….
The couple had been married for 37 years, but Charlie had passed away of a heart attack three months before summer rolled around. The water cooler was the last thing on his wife’s mind, she told her local newspaper.
“Once the weather started getting warm, I thought, ‘Oh, my God, the water bottles.’”