Local businessman surprises single mom and kids with new mattresses, gifts

Local businessman surprises single mom and kids with new mattresses, gifts Photo: Bradley Williams.

December 13, 2018 10:48 PM

Rochester, NY (WHEC) – Santa is getting some help from a local gym owner.

Bradley Williams owns The Training Grounds on East Henrietta Road. In his spare time, he fixes up properties in the City of Rochester for low-income families to rent through the Rochester Housing Authority. 

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Now, he's adding Samaritan Santa to his list of job titles. 

He recently discovered one of his tenants, a single mom of three kids, did not have furniture in her apartment. Some of the kids were sleeping right on the floor with clothing in piles throughout the rooms.

Gathering items, Williams was able to bring in mattresses for each child with the hopes of providing bed frames in the coming days. 

While the family was out of the apartment, Williams quietly went inside to get things set up as a surprise.

Part of that surprise included new memory foam mattresses with new blankets and pillows, $20 under each child’s bed, and Christmas decorations. He also put up a tree with gifts underneath, leaving the ornaments for the single mom so she could decorate with her kids.

In a video posted to his personal Facebook page, Williams walked through the apartment, asking people to take a look at their lives to be thankful for what they have.

“If you can make somebody else’s life better, if you can help somebody else, if you’re in a situation where you can pay it forward, I think that’s one of the best things you can do, is try to help somebody else,” said Williams in the video. 

Later he posted a picture of him and the mom smiling in front of the new Christmas tree.

The outpouring support from those seeing his video has been incredible. Williams is asking those who want to help other families, to swing by his gym located at 2595 East Henrietta Rd.


Stephanie Robusto

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