With the horrible flooding brought by Hurricane Florence, thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes with only meager belongings – some with only the clothes on their backs.
Shelters have been working around the clock to care for these evacuees, but the need is so great that many have begun to run out of supplies.
Shelli Tench, who lives in North Carolina, wanted to do what she could to help. She took some water and diapers over to the shelter set up at Garner Magnet High School in Garner, North Carolina, and while she was there she asked them what their greatest need was.
“T-shirts,” they told her. “We have people coming from all over and we can offer them hot showers, but we don’t have clean clothes for them. So, we need T-shirts and underwear.”
“Let me see what I can do,” Shelli told them, and she headed to a nearby Walmart.
She only had $50 to spend, so she asked to see a manager to see if he would give her a discount on the items so the money would go further.
What the manager did instead left Shelli stunned.
“When Jeff Jobes, the manager on duty, heard about the plight of the people at the shelter he didn’t give me a discount,” Shelli recounted. “Instead, he armed me with one of his associates (Alex) and a shopping cart and told her to fill it… on him.”
Shelli and Alex went around the clothing department loading up their carts with hundreds of items for the shelter. When they finally checked out, the items totaled $1,251 – and Jeff happily paid.
“Y’all… $1,251 later, I was able to deliver 254 items of clothing to the evacuees at the Garner High shelter because Jeff the manager loves his community and he proved it with his actions,” Shelli said.
“This is what love looks like.
“This is what community looks like.
“This is what selflessness looks like.”
Shelli shared this incredible story of human kindness on Facebook and asked that everyone who sees it share it also so Jeff’s actions don’t go unnoticed.
“Do me this favor… share this post far and wide and let’s make it go viral,” Shelli wrote. “Jeff deserves to be recognized for his example of honor, integrity, and community compassion.
“To Jeff and the Walmart at 5141 NC-42, Garner, NC, you have my loyalty and my business from this day forward.”
Then she added one more message for Walmart’s corporate office:
“Hey Walmart … give Jeff a raise!”
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