She Looked up From Her Phone at Walmart—Spotting a Good Deed That Melted Her Heart

March 20, 2018 Last Updated: March 20, 2018

An Iowa woman’s Facebook post describing a man doing a good deed for a veteran is lifting the spirits of thousands.

Alana Ruthann was visiting a Walmart in Ankeny on Saturday, March 17, when she noticed what was happening in front of her.

“Annoyed I was standing in a line, God forbid I wait for something in this ‘instant- I need it now life’,” she wrote.

“[L]ooking down at my phone, I didn’t even notice the two gentlemen standing in front of me until I heard an older mans voice in confusion declare, ‘Wait, what is happening? What are you doing?!'”

She looked up and saw an older and a younger man in front of her. It was the older one in a veteran cap asking the question.

The younger one replied:

“Sir, I’m paying for your items because you paid by serving my country and I’m grateful for you.”

The older man was caught off guard, Ruthann wrote, “fumbling his gloves in his hands and trying desperately to hold in his emotion, as was I.”

The younger man said another thank you and quickly left.

“What do I do now?” the veteran said, still in shock.

“You have a good day!” the cashier said with a smile.

“It was that moment I realized I had TWO heroes in line in-front of me,” Ruthann wrote. “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.”

Ruthann’s Sunday Facebook post was shared over 11,000 times as of the time of this publication.

“What a feeling- in this life where we rush through with our eyes down at a screen full of negativity and disagreements – to have someone simply say ‘I’m grateful for you.'” she wrote. “That 20-second interaction didn’t just change the veteran’s day- it changed my day, as well as that cashier’s- because that 20 seconds showed us by looking up and slowing down- life is pretty beautiful and surely we can find something to be grateful for.”