A 21 year-old girl just made a veteran cry at Walmart, but the internet is applauding her for it.
21 year-old Morgan Wheeler was driving out of the parking lot of a West Virginia parking lot when a man in a wheelchair crossed her path. While many people would have ignored him, Morgan knew she needed to help.
Morgan, who works at a veterinary hospital, got out of her car and approached the man, who waved at her in apology for holding her up.
“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,” Morgan wrote in a Facebook post, according to Conservative Tribune. Morgan, however, wasn’t about to give up that easily.
“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.”
Morgan accompanied him into the Walmart and helped him with his shopping list, which only included four items: peanut butter, soup, bread, and bananas. When she asked if he needed anything else like milk or butter, the veteran replied that he had hitched a ride there with a trucker, and that he was afraid they would spoil before he got home.
Hearing this, Morgan called him a cab, at which point the veteran began to cry.
“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,” Wheeler wrote.
“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.”
Overcome by the situation, Morgan started to cry as well.
“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,” she concluded her post. “THAT man was a HERO, and far too many will say otherwise.”
Morgan’s post has since gone viral, and she is being commended for what she did by Americans everywhere. However, she denies that she is a hero and says that what she did should be considered normal.
“I’m so glad the post has touched so many people,” Wheeler said. “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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