When an elderly woman was unable to get to her car with her groceries during a hail storm, a kind young grocery bagger held an umbrella and walked her all the way to her car.
When it began to rain and hail for a long time, Aaron Sanders was bagging groceries at Ingles Market in North Carolina. He observed an old woman with a basket of goods standing by the entrance, peering out into the rain. After some time had passed, Aaron walked over to the woman and asked her if he could help walk her safely to her car. She politely said no and that she didn’t want him getting wet.
“I asked her if I could help her out and she said no a couple of times,” Aaron said. “[She] said I don’t want you getting wet.”
The old woman had been waiting for quite some time, and the rain did not appear to be abating. Her frozen items, on the other hand, were progressively melting. Aaron stated that he didn’t mind getting wet and preferred to assist her.
“I just said I prefer if I helped you out, and then she said OK,” Aaron said.
Aaron held an umbrella over the woman and together they walked to her car in the rain. It was raining so much that the elderly woman put her arm around Aaron to keep them both from getting wet. Violet Baiera, a coworker, witnessed his gesture of compassion and snapped a snapshot of the two walking to her car.
They made it to her vehicle and Aaron helped load her groceries. But as soon as she got into her car, the wind flipped Aaron’s umbrella inside out, causing his clothes to get drenched. He ultimately made it back to the store, drenched, and was met with cheers from several of the customers who had been watching.
“I wouldn’t expect Aaron to be any different. Pat Bowmen, the manager of Ingles Market, said, “He’s a terrific child.”
When asked afterwards by the media why he assisted the elderly woman, Aaron answered it was all because of his mother.
“She’s always been there for me and looked after me. Even if she didn’t eat that night, she always made sure I was nourished. As a result, I hold her in high regard. He stated, “She is the reason I am what I am… therefore all credit goes to her.”
References: understandingcompassion.com, keeponmind.com