The amazing story of one young man’s astounding act of kindness has been warming hearts across the length and breadth of the internet.
19-year-old John Lopez Jr. was working as a cashier at his local Walmart to save money to put himself through college. He had been at the job for nine months when, during one of his shifts, he decided to use some of his hard-earned college funds to help his fellow Man. Or in this case, woman.
The woman had broken down in tears when she realized that she was short on the $110 that she owed him for her groceries. Without hesitation, Lopez Jr. knew exactly what he needed to do.
He told CBS News, “She started crying and I was like, ‘OK, I got you – I got you. I just felt in my heart that the Lord told me I had to help her.”
So help her he did.
Lopez Jr. was just doing what his parents taught him to do.
“My parents basically taught me if someone needs help, you should be able to help them, and if someone is down, bring them up,” he told DFW. “I make it my goal to at least in one way make someone smile.”
In a generous act of kindness, Lopez Jr. used part of his college savings to pay the struggling woman’s bill — all 110 dollars of it. The incredible exchange was captured by Laci Simms who was a few customers back in line.
She posted a photo of the good deed in a now-deleted Facebook post on her personal page with the following caption:
“I just witnessed this ‘kid’ pay for a cart of merchandise for a woman in obvious distress about her inability to pay. She was a few people ahead of us and when she had trouble paying her bill he stepped in and told her if she’d wait he would pay her total. Ya’ll, it was $110 dollars.”
Simms went on to explain that while she didn’t know his story, what she did know was that Lopez Jr. had just renewed her “faith in humanity and the generation that we are raising!” The kids? They’re alright.
The post quickly went viral, and for good reason. There were thousands of comments praising Lopez Jr. for his actions. When a stranger needed help, he didn’t hesitate to sacrifice his own needs for someone else’s.
And while this is inspiring in itself, the story doesn’t end there.
According to AWM, “Lopez Jr. became a sensation. He found himself being interviewed by CBS DFW and said that he never knew he was being watched. While his salary at Walmart usually goes into his savings, this time, he decided to give it all away.”
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