An anecdote detailing a Louisiana man’s act of kindness toward a Baton Rouge flood victim has gone viral.
In a Facebook post on Aug. 15, Allison LaCombe Welch described a scene she witnessed in the checkout line at a Wal-Mart in Marksville, located about 90 miles from Baton Rouge, according to Fox News Insider.
“There was an older woman checking out, a middle aged couple behind her, and I was next,” Welch wrote on Facebook.
It was then that she noticed all the essential items the woman was buying, including shampoo, a tooth brush, tooth paste, shoes, clothes and makeup.
“I didn’t think anything of it but as she was almost done (her total was over $350) the man in front of me asked her, ‘Are you sending this stuff to flood victims?'” Welch wrote.
“And the woman said, ‘Actually sir, I am a flood victim, I lost everything I own and didn’t have time to even grab my purse. There is water up to my roof.
I’m staying here with my daughter until I can figure things out.'”
What the man did next brought them all to tears.
“And just like that, the man handed the cashier his credit card and paid for the woman’s things,” Welch wrote.
“She cried, his wife cried, and then I cried. It was so touching to see someone be so selfless, especially in this trying time for Louisiana!”
Welch’s Facebook post has been liked nearly 50,000 times.
The devastating flood has been described by the Red Cross as the worst natural disaster in the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy in 2012, according to CNN.
“This disaster is the worst to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy, and we anticipate it will cost at least $30 million —
a number which may grow as we learn more about the scope and magnitude of the devastation,” said Brad Kieserman, Red Cross’ vice president of disaster services operations and logistics.
At least 13 people have died as a result of the flooding, while Governor John Bel Edwards said at least 40,000 homes have been damaged.
Sources: Fox News Insider