There are some stories that simply restored our faith in humanity.

It occurs on a perfectly ordinary day when a woman took notice of a Vietnam veteran that had an unpleasant accident in the midst of a Kroger supermarket. The fellow shopper did not remain silent or let it pass, as she learned of his misfortune. When the elderly man admitted to soiling his pants and clearly was ashamed

What happens next is proof of the resilience and connection that people still have with one another, despite all the conflict we observe in our world. The simplest evidence that “humanity still does care about one another” can be found in moments of compassion like the one that occurred between the woman, the man in need of assistance, and even the store personnel.

At a local Kroger store in Georgia, Lisa Lemming Jackson, a senior caregiver with Southern Charm Senior Home Care, went grocery shopping. After completing her purchases Jackson left the store when she noticed the man who appeared to be by himself. She hesitantly smiled back at him as she walked out the door as their eyes briefly connected.

Lisa had an odd feeling in her gut since she could tell the man needed something from her. She couldn’t help herself, so she turned around and approached him from behind, asking if there was anything she could do to help.

He said,I have colon cancer, and I have had a really bad accident. If I get up out of this cart everyone will know,” with tears welling up in his eyes, he asked “What should I do?”

He told her his name was Elmer and that he fought in the Korean War.

“The look of his dignity lost left me with a lump in my throat,” she wrote in a Love What Matters Facebook post.

From that moment on, Jackson explained Elmer’s situation to the staff in the store, as she knew she couldn’t leave him to fend for himself. Then Kroger staff quickly fetched some wipes and undergarments, and Jackson discreetly took him to the employer’s bathroom Area where he was given clothes, showing her experience as a senior caregiver.

As Jackson helped him get cleaned up and changed his clothes. Elmer was then brought back into the store, where his shopping was waiting for him. It had been paid for.

“He cried harder. He said he fought in Vietnam and Korean War and loved his country, but up until today he said he thought his country forgot about him,” Jackson added in the post. “He encouraged me that maybe, after all, humanity still does care about one another.”

She continued,

“He said he fought in Vietnam and Korean War and loved his country, but up until day he said he thought his country forgot about him.

We both cried and I shared with him my own struggles and fears… He gave me words of wisdom and encouraged me that maybe after all, humanity still does care about one another.

Today proved it.

Thank you Elmer , thank you Kroger and thank you God for the lesson and reminder I received today.”

Sources: Taphaps, Shareably, Spotlightstories



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