‘I saw an elderly man with his walker at the corner. ‘I’m trying to get to the 99-cent store 1.5 miles away.’ His wife needed some chocolate bars.’: Man shares act of kindness for 93-year-old man

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“I left the office today to go home and grab a quick bite to eat when I saw this elderly man standing with his walker at the corner of San Marino Drive and Lake San Marcos with his thumb out. I paused, made a U-turn, and went back to see if he needed some assistance. I stepped out of my car yelled over the top if he was okay. He said he was trying to get to the 99-cent store about 1.5 miles away.

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My first thought was this guy was trying to get some food, so I decided to spring into action. I had him step up on the curb, I pulled my car over and spent 15 minutes wiping down the handles, seats, dashboards, etc. with my Clorox wipes. I put on my trusty blue gloves and mask, gave him some hand sanitizer, and off we went.

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Once on the road, I had a couple of questions for him:

‘How old are you?’


‘What’s your name?’


‘Are you married?’

‘Yes, my wife is 94. Her name is Doris.’

‘Does she know you’re gone?’

‘Nope, she probably hasn’t even started looking for me yet.’

‘Why are we going to the 99-cent store?’

‘My wife and I like to share a Hersey chocolate bar every night and we’re out, so I need to buy 35 Hersey Bars.’

We hustled into the store, bought 35 bars of creamy chocolate, and got him back home.

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I asked what he was going to tell his wife about where the chocolate came from and he said he was going to tell her he met this really nice real estate who gave him a ride.

I gave him my card and said next time to need some chocolate no need to try and hitch a ride, just give me a call and I looked forward to meeting Doris someday.”

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This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Richard Farmer of Lake San Marcos, California and originally appeared here. Submit your own story here and be sure to subscribe to our free email newsletter for our best stories.

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