Sanitation worker captured on video helping 88-year-old woman carry her trash bin to her house
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A sanitation worker near Kansas City, Missouri is inspiring others with his kind act that was caught on camera.

Billy Shelby, 50, was collecting trash when he witnessed Opal Zucca, 88, fall trying to bring her bin back to her house. So for the last 10 months, he's been doing it for her to make sure it never happens again.

Zucca's daughter, Colette Kingston, found out what Shelby was doing thanks to video from her mother's Ring surveillance camera. Inspired by Shelby's big heart, Kingston shared the video on Facebook, which shows the man holding Zucca's hand and chatting with her as they walk up her driveway.

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"God bless you as always, darling!" Shelby says to Zucca. "You're looking good. That hair! You got it down!"


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Kingston explained how grateful she was to have Shelby helping her mom. "He demonstrates such care for her. It takes a village - such a small kind gesture but leaves [an] enormous relief for us. Thank you kind sir," she wrote.

Shelby, who's been driving the garbage truck for eight years, told Fox 4 he genuinely likes people and wants to spread joy anywhere he can.

"Here it is: I drive a trash truck. That's it. But even with that being said, I still can be the best person I can be and it can help somebody through their day.

"I just believe in good energy, man. If you give it out, more than likely that's what you're going to get back."

The video of Shelby and Zucca has been shared on Facebook over a thousand times, with hundreds of comments.

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"There ARE good people everywhere," one person wrote.

"What a sweet man…love seeing this," someone else commented.

"We need more kind gentle people such as you Sir. Thank you for the blessings you give to this sweet lady and others we don't know about," another person added.

Shelby, who happens to be a huge Chiefs fan, caught the attention of a former player who wanted to return the goodwill, so he surprised him with two tickets to an upcoming game.

Mama instincts can be strong, regardless of species. That's why breastfeeders will often have a milk letdown reflex when they hear a baby crying, even if it isn't their own. It's why we get stories of cross-species caregiving when a baby animal gets abandoned. And it's why a video of a mama deer running to a crying human baby's rescue is so endearing. (Please high-five me for not typing "endeering.")

Hanna Burton of New Lexington, Ohio, shared the video on TikTok with the caption "When you almost have to throw down with a momma deer because your baby starts crying outside." The video has been viewed more than 27 million times and liked more than 6 million.

According to Fox 2 KTVU, Burton was hanging out on her deck with her 5-week-old son, Charlie, when the deer encounter occurred. Charlie was lying on fluffy blankets and having some tummy time when he began to get fussy. As Charlie cried and Burton started to console him, a deer came bounding into the yard toward the deck. Burton immediately picked up Charlie, calmly saying, "No, no. This one's my baby. It's not yours."

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