Russell Westbrook proved to be the 2015 All-Star Game MVP on the court, but turns out the Oklahoma City Thunder star is a savior outside the arena as well.

Westbrook, who received a new car along with his All-Star accolade, decided to surprise a single mother of two whose vehicle was not in very good shape. And naturally, Kerstin Gonzalez was apprehensive.

According to the Huffington Post:

When Westbrook surprised Gonzalez with the keys to his car, the young mom said she initially thought it was all “a prank.”

“[But] when he showed me the keys, I was like ‘this is real.’ That’s when I started to cry because it’s been such a hard time,” Gonzalez said, per a Thunder blog post.

The NBA star decided to give the car to Gonzalez to honor “all the hard work” she had done to “to keep her family together.”

Gonzalez, 19, and her two boys — 4-year-old Matthew and 2-year-old Adam — receive assistance from Oklahoma City-based social service organization Sunbeam Family Services. According to Thunder Basketball writer Nick Gallo, the mother was just 14-years-old when she became pregnant and has had a rough time getting by as of late.

Her current car was not in great driving shape and on Monday morning, the engine wouldn’t start. She has been borrowing cars from family and friends to be able to get to work, to get to school and to pick up her sons. To all of the sudden have that burden of worrying about transportation at all times be lifted was a huge weight off her shoulders. “It’s so touching and so amazing knowing that there are people out there willing to help the ones that are in need,” Gonzalez said.

Photographs of Westbrook and a surprised Gonzalez made their rounds on the internet early Tuesday, touching the hearts of many.

And as for Westbrook, Gonzalez described him as “a gentleman.”

“He was amazing, he was sweet and so attentive to what I had to say. He’s a really awesome person.”

SOURCE: Huffington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Twitter 

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