Sometimes life gets tough, and when money is tight and you have a family to feed, it can be devastating to know that you can’t provide. That’s why one man felt compelled to step in and do what he could to help. After finishing his shift at Walmart, Bear Taliferro Jr. overheard a woman who was shopping with her young daughter tell the girl that they couldn’t afford to eat that night. So, he did what any decent human being would do: he paid for her shopping.
Bear was exhausted from working long hours. As he shared in a Facebook post, he’d just finished pulling two 14-hour shifts and needed to grab something to eat himself. “Stopped by the grocery store to grab food for dinner and as I was checking out, a woman started crying in the next checkout line,” he shared in a Facebook post.
The woman’s situation was heartbreaking. Bear then heard the little girl ask the mom what was wrong, at which point the mom let her know that they couldn’t afford food to eat that night. At this point, another shopper did step in and give a little bit of money to the mom so that she could buy something for the little girl. “A person behind her gave her a couple dollars and she brought her daughter a Kids Cuisine TV dinner,” Bear recalled.
Bear went even further in his desire to help. “I told her to grab what she wants, I’ll pay for it,” he said. In sharing the story, Bear said that he never goes to that grocery store and felt that “God puts you where he needs you to be when he needs you to be there.” How could he not do whatever he could to make the woman’s day a bit better?
The responses to Bear’s gesture were overwhelming. So many people took to his Facebook post to share their own experiences with hard times and praised him for how much such a simple gesture can actually help. “It’s very thoughtful. I was in [a similar] situation when I didn’t have the right date WIC checks to get my baby her formula, so I was going leave it [and] come back the next day with the right date checks, and this lady behind me decided to pay for all of the cans of baby milk I had at the register. I asked for her number and address to give her her money back, and she said not to worry about it; it’s her gift. This was 10 years ago, so I always try to be a good person to others when I can,” one commented. And that’s just one of many stories!
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