I was at my local Wal-Mart the other day with two of my four children and a list of items to get. We were on the first item on the list when an elderly couple walked past us. They were looking for something. You could tell by the heads looking up at the aisle signs. You could also tell by the comments from Mrs. to Mr. The discussion about check this area. They were a nice couple and they were getting a bit frustrated.
So, as my wife says, since I have never met a stranger, I asked if I could help. You could see the relief on their faces. They were looking for a simple photo album. Not the expensive, big book kind, just the plastic kind you can put 3x5 in. An Army buddy of his from the War just had surgery and they wanted to send some picture to cheer him up. Who can pass up helping this great couple?
So, my twelve year old and I along with my seven year old son start looking for the item. Then it dawns on us. It would be back at the photo shop at the back of the store. At their advanced age it was going to take these great folks awhile to get back there. We offered to get it for them. I kind of knew the answer before we offered. They would do it. They thanked us for the help and wished us well.
Trying to save them time we headed back to the photo shop. The Wal-Martian in the photo area listened to our story and was glad to participate. We moved down the aisle to continue our shopping, just before the couple arrived they were assisted with the photo album. Random Act of Kindness completed.
Later as we exited the store was saw the old couple again. They were very excited that they were able to find the item and they appreciated the help. They shared with us as we walked out how helpful the photo person was. Wal-Mart even developed an extra set of pictures for them for free!One Random Act of Kindness led to another!