Lumberyard Kindness Shines in Viral Video

Griffin Lumber & Hardware New Bike
Dominick Cole prepares to ride a new bike he received from Griffin Lumber & Hardware staff.

A video of a Leesburg, Ga. lumberyard employee’s reaction to coworkers’ gift of a new bike is making its way around the internet in a big way this week.

Dominick Cole, a 23-year-old employee at Griffin Lumber & Hardware who is autistic, is seen in the video cheering, dancing and hugging coworkers who gifted him the bike.

Rick Watson, Griffin Lumber & Hardware manager told WALB TV that he has been impressed with Cole’s dedication and work ethic since hiring him three months ago through a partnership with Easter Seals. Commenters on Griffin Lumber & Hardware’s Facebook page said that Cole is the “unofficial mayor of Leesburg.”

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An employee video of Cole receiving his bike has been viewed on Facebook more than 22,000 times as of Wednesday morning.