A Customer's Kind Act In An Iowa Walmart Took A Veteran By Surprise

"It was that moment I realized I had TWO heroes in line [in front] of me."

Though they might seem small in scope, a random act of kindness can go a very long way. It can also have an effect on more than just the person to whom the kindness was given. Such was the case in an Ankeny, Iowa, Walmart, when a good Samaritan's kind gesture surprised everyone who witnessed it.

Facebook user Alana Ruthann was caught up in her everyday routine while waiting in line to check out at the Walmart when something suddenly caught her attention. 

"I didn't even notice the two gentlemen standing in front of me until I heard an older man's voice in confusion declare, 'Wait, what is happening? What are you doing?!' she wrote in a Facebook post recounting the incident. 

Ruthann looked up just in time to see the younger of the two men paying for the older gentleman's items. "Sir, I'm paying for your items because you paid by serving my country and I'm grateful for you," the young man said, according to Ruthann. However, rather than stick around to be lauded, the kind young man soon went about his day. "Just as quickly as he scanned his card and paid for the items, that young man said another thank you and quickly left," Ruthann wrote. "The veteran was still in shock as he was handed his items. [He] asked, 'What do I do now?' To which the cashier responded with a warm smile, 'You have a good day!'

Though the interaction only took 20 seconds, it left a lasting impression on all involved and showed just how far a little kindness can go. "It was that moment I realized I had TWO heroes in line [in front] of me," Ruthann concluded. "My heart welled as I watched our veteran readjust his Veteran ball cap, straighten up, and hold his head with pride as he walked out knowing someone was grateful for him."

Though neither the name of the veteran nor the kind stranger was revealed, both men deserve to be saluted for their service to others.

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