18-Year-Old Kroger Worker Reaches to His Own Pocket to Help Elderly Man Pay for Groceries

November 12, 2020 Updated: November 22, 2020

No matter how old you are, a kind gesture can help make a huge difference in someone’s life. A humble teen from Kentucky is being praised for his heartwarming act of helping an elderly man who didn’t have enough to pay for the groceries at the supermarket the young man works at.

Teo Jordan, a senior at Holmes High School, works at the Kroger in Covington on Madison Ave in the evening after school, bagging groceries.

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Teo Jordan, an 18-year-old senior at Holmes High School. (Courtesy of Stephanie Tamara)

Last month, as Jordan was diligently carrying out his task, he noticed a senior citizen asking the cashier at the store to put back some stuff as he didn’t have enough money to pay for it.

“His total came to 133.00 and the old man only had 100.00,” Brian McCarty, who was standing in the line at the store that day, wrote in a Facebook post.

However, just then, Jordan took out $35 from his own pocket and went over to pay the cash difference.

“He did it very discretely and didn’t bring embarrassment to the old man,” McCarty wrote. “I don’t even think the old man realized the generous donation by this kid.”

Alluding to the touching gesture, Jordan, who believes in helping people in need, told WLWT-TV: “I just seen [sic] I wanted to help the guy. I saw that he didn’t have the money for all the groceries that he wanted.”

The 18-year-old has been working at a Kroger store to help the family and save money for a car.

Jordan’s mother, Stephanie Burton has been very proud of her son’s gesture. “I’m overwhelmed with joy. You try to instill in your kids right and wrong but you don’t know if they comprehend, so yes I’m very proud,” she said.

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Teo Jordan with his mother, Stephanie Burton. (Courtesy of Stephanie Tamara)

McCarty hoped that more people could share his post of Jordan’s good deed so that his family could realize what a good man they are raising.

“For those that gripe that millennials aren’t worth much, Mr. Jordan showed that they are doing amazing things and we might get through these times and be ok,” McCarty wrote.

He further added, “You are a good soul. The world needs more people like you.”

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Teo Jordan with Brian McCarty. (Courtesy of Brian McCarty)

Since sharing the post, Jordan’s gesture has gone viral amassing over 7,000 reactions and some 10,000 shares. Many netizens that were touched took to the comments section, calling him “awesome.”

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(Courtesy of Brian McCarty)

In an update, McCarty wrote that some kindhearted people have reached out and wanted to donate to a college fund for Jordan. “The school has set up a venmo where he will get all of the donated college funds when he enrolls in UK or where ever Mr Jordan chooses higher education in 2021 fall,” McCarty added.

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