A 21-year-old woman decided to help a wheelchair-bound veteran outside a Walmart in West Virginia.
Morgan Wheeler was pulling out of the store parking lot when she saw the man cross her path, waving apologetically at her for the delay, Independent Journal Review reported.
She could have become impatient while waiting for him to pass. But Wheeler, who works at a veterinary hospital, got out of her car and asked the veteran if she could help him with his grocery shopping.
Although the man initially refused help of any kind, Wheeler introduced herself and started pushing him toward the store.
In a Facebook post, she explained:
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. 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.
The veteran only had four items on his shopping list: peanut butter, soup, bread, and bananas. After being asked if he needed other things like milk, eggs and butter, the veteran told wheeler that he might not make it home in time before they get spoiled. He also said he hitched a ride a to the store with a trucker.
Wheeler decided to add some essential items to the man’s cart before calling a taxi cab. That’s when the proud 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. 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.
Wheeler added that when she returned to her car after the taxi arrived, she, too, began to shed tears.
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. THAT man was a HERO, and far too many will say otherwise.
The post has since gone viral, being shared more than 300,000 times on Facebook as of this writing.
According to the Daily Mail, even though Wheeler is grateful for the positive comments, she explained that her actions should not be unusual.
“I'm so glad the post has touched so many people,” she told Today. “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.”