Alex DePinto, of Pleasantville, laid off from job days before donating his kidney

Just days before his surgery at North Shore University Hospital, 24-year-old Alex DePinto was laid off from his job at Zachys Wine and Liquor. (3/21/14)

PLEASANTVILLE - A young Pleasantville man who donated his kidney to a stranger on Monday recently learned he was out of a job.

Just days before his surgery at North Shore University Hospital, 24-year-old Alex DePinto was laid off from his job at Zachys Wine and Liquor.

DePinto had worked there as a designer for years.

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"I literally woke up in the hospital bed and pulled out my laptop and started applying for jobs," he said.

DePinto says he has been sending out his portfolio ever since, hoping his experience with paying it forward will now pay off for him.

Despite the bad timing, DePinto says seeing the woman who received his kidney hours after surgery was well worth it.

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