Photo of act of kindness at N.C. supermarket goes viral

(Courtesy: WLOS)

CANTON, N.C. (WLOS) — A simple act of kindness is raising the attention of many, especially online.

It happened during a torrential downpour in Canton, North Carolina on Saturday. Bagger Aaron Sanders at the Ingles grocery store escorted an older woman to her car using an umbrella to protect her from the rain.

“I asked her if I could help her out and she said no a couple of times, said I don’t want you getting wet,” Sanders told WLOS. “And I just said I prefer if I helped you out. And then she said OK.”

(Courtesy: WLOS)
(Courtesy: WLOS)

It was raining so hard, the woman put her arm around him to help keep him dry.

“As soon as she went inside her car, the umbrella just flipped inside out and just soaked me. And I came in. I was dripping. There’s a whole bunch of customers at the front door just clapping for me there,” Sanders said.

A coworker snapped a photo and posted it online.  “And my phone like died within an hour because I was getting so many notifications,” says Violet Baiera.

Those posts note the sweet actions of Sanders and applaud him for being a fine gentleman.

“I wouldn’t expect anything different from Aaron.  He’s a great kid,” says Ingles manager Pat Bowman.

Sanders credits his mother for that. 

“She’s always been there and taken care of me.  She always made sure that I was fed even if she didn’t eat that night,” Sanders said. “So my respect goes to her.”

“With all the attention, I still try to be humble you know, it’s my job. It’s what I like to do. I like helping people whenever they need help.  And I’d do it all over again,” says Sanders.

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