The 22-year-old student became an Internet star earlier this month

By Maria Mercedes Lara
Updated May 24, 2015 02:15 PM
Credit: nzherald National

People from all over the world were touched when Harman Singh, an observant Sikh, broke religious protocol to remove his turban to help an injured child in Auckland, New Zealand, earlier this month. And now, Singh’s good deed is getting paid back to him.

When TVNZ interviewed the 22-year-old business student about the incident, viewers noticed that his apartment lacked furniture. This led the news station to team up with a local furniture store to help get Singh a properly outfitted home.

Singh, who is originally from India, shed tears when the TV crew brought in a furniture delivery, which included a new couch, matching chairs, a coffee table and a new bed.

“Thank you, thanks a lot. I’m very happy,” Singh said while tearing up. “It’s the biggest surprise of my life.”

Singh’s emotional reaction even got the news reporter to start crying!

Singh became an Internet star when a photo of him placing his turban under an injured child’s head went viral. He was trying to help comfort the 6-year-old, who had been struck by a car outside Singh’s home on May 15. According to strict Sikh religious law, turbans are considered a part of the wearer’s body and are only to removed in the privacy of their own home.

“I wasn’t thinking about the turban,” Singh said at the time. “I was thinking about the accident and I just thought, ‘He needs something on his head because he’s bleeding.’ That’s my job – to help.”