While Morgan Wheeler was driving out of the store’s parking lot, the man crossed her path. He waved apologetically at her because he was taking a long time to cross.
But then she did something unexpected. Instead of getting frustrated, she stopped and help him shop.
The young woman who works at a veterinary hospital went out of her way to help the disabled veteran get his weekly groceries.
The man kindly refused. But Wheeler ignored him and started pushing him toward the store. She shared the experience on Facebook:
I asked him if I could assist him with his shopping today, and he, quite grumpily, said that he was doing just fine and was not getting much anyways. Me, being as stubborn as I am, insisted and proceeded to push him and tell him a little about myself. He interrupted me and said that he only needed help to the door, to which I picked up where I had left off before he interrupted me. I told him about Fayetteville, and my horses, and my nephews (I had parked a good ways away from the doors). And when I reached the doors, I continued to push him and talk. We reached the produce area and I asked him to tell me about himself. He reluctantly looked at me and began telling me that he lived in Sod- Lincoln County, and that he just recently lost his wife. I asked him if he was a veteran, to which he replied that he was- but with pain on his face, so I changed the subject and asked if he had made a shopping list.
The disabled vet’s shopping list only had four things on it: peanut butter, bread, soup, and bananas.
When Wheeler asked why he wasn’t getting milk, eggs, and other groceries, he said that they would spoil before he would be able to get home.
The young woman added some more essentials to his shopping car and called the veteran a taxi cab. That’s when tears fell from the man’s eyes:
I knelt down and asked him what was wrong and he replied, that I ‘was doing far too much for an old man that I barely knew.’ I told him that where I am from, and from the family I was raised in, we help one another, no matter the task and that I had never met a stranger. I also told him that he deserved everything I was doing for him because he fought for my freedom and sacrificed so much. We made it to the check out line and I paid for his groceries, against his request. When we got outside, we waited for the taxi together. He thanked me over and over again and appeared–to me–to have been in a much better mood than when I found him.
And when Wheeler got to her own car, she also shed some tears.
Today was a truly humbling experience for me, and I consider myself extremely blessed to have the capability of understanding what is truly important in this world. THAT man was a HERO, and far too many will say otherwise.
Her good deed has gone viral.
“I’m so glad the post has touched so many people,” she told Today. “There are far too many people like that gentleman who need help and I want to encourage everyone to help others. Trust me, it will be a very humbling experience.”
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