Elderly man has an trouble in his pants at the store, then this woman steps in
You’d expect strangers to be able to help in an emergency. But what if the situation was more of a “personal emergency” – and somewhat embarrassing? Fortunately, there are kind people in this world who are also willing to help others in these types of situations.
It all started when Lisa Lemming Jackson, who is a caregiver at a senior centre in Georgia, went shopping at her local grocery store in Georgia, USA. She noticed an elderly man standing next to one of the aisles. She smiled at him, but her intuition could tell her something was wrong, he had a tormented look in his eyes. To make sure the man was okay, she decided to move closer and check on him.
It was then that the man began to tear up with shame and embarrassment.
Jackson later shared the story on social media, where it went viral.
In a Facebook post, she wrote:
“Just spent 2 hrs with a elderly man at Kroger. It started with me just smiling at him , making eye contact …. As I walked past him he looked like he needed something . I went back and asked him if I could help him. Tears welled up in his eyes and 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 … What should I do? “.
Lisa assured him that everything was going to be fine and spoke to one of the staff, explaining what was going on. The workers intervened without a moment’s hesitation and helped him clean himself up. They even gave him dry clothes to wear so that he could leave the shop and go home.
“The look of his dignity lost left me with a lump in my throat. From that moment on, Kroger staff quickly fetched us wipes , undergarments and discreetly took him to their employer bathroom Area where he was given clothes. He cried and apologized . He said he had to hurry his wife was at home alone. When we walked to the register we found his groceries all bagged and somehow paid for. He cried harder . 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. ”
The meeting ended with some tears of joy and words of advice.
“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 .”
What a beautiful and kind heart you have, Lisa!
It’s amazing how one small act of kindness can make such a big difference to someone in need. After all, it never hurts to be kind!