On a recent Saturday afternoon, Meghann Shaw, mother of one, went to her local Walmart to pick up her prescription. And there she saw such an eye-opener that she had to snap a photo.
“I’ve been trying to place the right words into this post for a little while now,” she wrote on Facebook.
She saw an employee, Brittany Walton, walking with an elderly man, hand-in-hand. The customer was blind, and all alone, and Walton immediately went to help.
“She escorted him throughout the store. With all the hate in the world she gave love. Without the man seeing her, she showed him pure compassion and love. Be the change you wish to see in the world ❤” Shaw wrote.
Shaw posted this inspiring message to her personal Facebook, and a friend suggested she make the post public.
“As soon as I hit public, it was share after share,” Shaw said. Thousands of people soon saw and shared the post, including Walmart CEO Doug McMillon. Then someone who knew Walton shared and tagged her in the photo.
She was shocked by the attention, and touched that people were inspired by her simple and kind act.
“I rushed to help him because it was the right thing to do,” Walton told Yahoo.
The elderly blind man, Mr. Roy, was new in town and had come into Walmart after a trip to the local Veteran’s Affairs office. He told Walton he was looking to buy a mug for a lady he was sweet on, and they ended up spending two hours shopping around the store.
“He was the sweetest man; he really opened up to me and I just listened,” Walton said. “Sometimes what people need is someone to listen because they feel alone.”
All we need is a little kindness. Walton said Mr. Roy helped her as much as she helped him.
“I told him I was going to show him love and compassion,” she says. “He showed me that too.”