There’s nothing like the kindness of a stranger to brighten up your day. In a viral Facebook post shared by Love What Matters, one struggling mother tells the story of how a man named Matthew warmed her heart in the sweetest way while she was shopping with her children in Wal-Mart:
So after this horrible month we’ve had (hospital visits, medical problems, money problems, a break-in last night) something amazing happened. So the kids needed new booster seats (don’t worry, the ones they have are still legal and good but are getting a little old and the kids wanted really cool new ones. lol) and they also needed some new clothes.
And as most of you know I’ve been really struggling with money problems and trying really hard to get by. So we ran up to Walmart in Meadville, Pennsylvania to get a few things for the kids and some food for Bill to take to work tomorrow. We were standing by the girls section of clothes and I was talking to the kids and told them ‘I can either get the booster seats this week or some new clothes but I can’t afford both and I’m sorry. But I promise next weekend I will get whatever else you need and want.’ I didn’t think anybody heard what I said. But about 15 minutes later when the kids were looking at clothes that they wanted. This guy named Matthew came up to us with both booster seats (the ones the kids had originally picked but had to put back because I couldn’t afford them) in a Walmart bag that he had just purchased for us because he overheard our conversation and he felt bad. He told me that he heard the sadness in my voice when I told the kids I couldn’t afford both this week. And then he told me God bless and gave me a hug.
I was so shocked at the time that I didn’t get his name right away and a picture of him. So a little while later we ran around Walmart and finally found him and got a picture and another hug and his name God bless this young man, Matthew! When you think there is nothing left to feel good about, this happens. Just remember there are good people in this world so never lose your faith. And remember to always pay it forward. So as soon as I can I will. Thank you, Matthew!
UPDATE from Yahoo News: “Mathew Aguilar is getting laid off next week from his job as a youth pastor and has two one-year-old toddlers of his own. Despite this, he told Yahoo Canada that he was happy to help out the family.”