A young foster mom was on the verge of tears while attempting to make it through the checkout at her local Walmart. One good soul saved the day.
The foster mom was attempting to use her WIC benefits for the first time, and the system was working slowly. The line behind the mother continued to grow, and impatient customers grumbled loudly. The mother was about to break down when the young cashier pulled out his credit card, reported the Faith Wire.
20-year-old Nicholas Tate is a cashier at the Newcastle, Oklahoma Walmart. He considers himself a people person, and chatting with customers is his favorite way to get through a long day.
Tate was operating the cash register earlier this week when he saw this mother pull up to the checkout with a cart full of groceries, baby formula, and three rambunctious children. Tate shot the mother a knowing look and asked, “one of those days?”
The mother (who wishes to remain anonymous to protect her children) apologized in advance and informed Tate that she was using WIC benefits for the first time. She was nervous and didn’t know that some of the items in her cart were not covered by WIC.
WIC is a federal program offering financial assistance to women, infants, and children. The program covers food, formula, and other baby products, but not all brands or items are covered by the program.
“She had a good amount of items, and most of them went through, but she apparently didn’t have the right formula, and it wouldn’t go through,” Tate explained to KFOR-TV reporters. “We had to run a separate transaction for the rest.”
The first batch of groceries was processed quickly, but the line started to build behind the foster mom. Impatient customers started grumbling audibly, embarrassing the mother and pushing her to the brink of tears.
The wait caused some customers to shift to other lines. “At this point, a lady we know came up and asked why I was causing so many problems,” the mother explained on Facebook. “I told her I was just failing as a foster mom because I can’t figure out WIC and almost burst into tears right there.”
Tate remained calm as the line continued to grow, and he decided he couldn’t stand by and let this foster mom call herself a failure. He recognized this as an opportunity from God. He pulled out his credit card and paid for the second half of the purchase. The mother immediately burst out in tears. “I don’t remember everything he said to me after that but I do know he told me that I wasn’t failing and that what we were doing was an amazing thing,” she recalled.
The mother was shocked by Tate’s random act of kindness and left without learning his name. She reached out on Facebook and found the good samaritan.
“When we feel like God is telling us to do something — how many times do we say no? In that moment, without a doubt, he was telling me to pay, telling me these people are in need, to help them,” Tate explained. “It made my heart really happy. It confirmed that I’m doing what God wants me to do.”