Nick Tate, a 20-year-old cashier at a Wal-Mart store in Newcastle, Oklahoma, recently paid a $60 bill for a foster parent who came through his checkout line (video below).
"I'm a big people person," Tate told KFOR. "So, I just love getting to talk to people, and hear about their day and just see how they're doing."
Tate recalled his encounter with the foster parent to the news station:
She was coming through, and she had two little girls and a baby. The two little girls were just going crazy. So, I looked at her and said, "One of those days?" She apologized beforehand. She said, "I have never used WIC before. I don't know how it's going to go."
WIC, which stands for Women, Infants, and Children, is a federal nutrition program that helps low-income families purchase food, but it only covers specific items.
The foster parent was having trouble with her WIC card.
"We tried to run it again, and the WIC still didn't work. So, I just felt like God was telling me just to pay for it," Tate recalled.
Tate spent about a day's wages paying for the foster parent's groceries and formula with his card.
"I swiped it, and instantly she started bawling her eyes out," Tate stated.
The foster parent wanted to protect her privacy and would not speak to KFOR, but she did write a post on Facebook.
"You never know what God is going to do," Tate added. "Yeah, it might be hard. It might be scary. It might be a day's wage. But, if God is calling you to do it, he's going to have something major for you."
WDAF reported in 2014 that Republicans wanted to cut $93 million from WIC funding, and The Guardian noted in March 2017 that the Trump administration proposed cutting WIC funding by $200 million.
Many WIC field offices had to close in 2013 because Congress did not pass a budget. The GOP-controlled House has been trying to cut WIC since 2012. In that year, Republicans wanted to cut $243 million from WIC, but were blocked by the Democrat-controlled Senate.
There was no mention of the attempted WIC cuts on the Wal-Mart Newcastle Facebook page, but plenty of praise for Tate's actions:
Nick, may the Good Lord continue to bestow many, many blessings to you and your loved ones for going above and beyond what was required of you. This world is in dire need of many kind and gentle souls such as yourself. And I'd like to thank your mother for raising such an exceptional human being who I am sure will become an even greater man...
This young man most certainly has his priorities straight. Parents did a great job in raising him! God Bless YOU!!!
He has helped me on many occasions. He is very courteous and a great young man. You can tell the Lord lives inside him.
May God continue to lead you and may you continue to listen to him. God will bless you abundantly! Thank you for your kindness! Great Job!!!