‘When the manager heard about the people at the shelter, he didn’t give me a discount. He armed me with a shopping cart and told us to fill it – on him.’ Walmart employee’s incredible act of kindness for Hurricane Florence victims

“This is a story about community love and support.

I dropped off some water and diapers at the shelter at Garner Magnet High School. While I was there, I asked them with their greatest need was and their response was ‘T-shirts. 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.’ I said, ‘Let me see what I can do.’

I had $50 that I could spend so I headed to the only store open – Walmart Garner, located at 5141 NC-42, Garner, NC 27529 – went in, and ask for a manager, hoping he would give me some kind of discount to make that money go further. Instead, I got a blessing.

When Jeff Jobes, the manager on duty, heard about the plight of the people at the shelter he didn’t give me a discount. Instead, he armed me with one of his associates (Alex) and a shopping cart and told her to fill it… on him.

Woman checking out at Walmart with an overflowing cart for those affected by Hurricane Florence
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Clothes piled in shopping cart and checkout belt for survivors of Hurricane Florence
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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.

Screen at Walmart checkout that says, "Total Due 1,251.54" for items that will be donated to Hurricane Florence survivors

Walmart Receipt for items donated to Hurricane Florence survivors
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This is what love looks like.
This is what community looks like.
This is what selflessness looks like.

Do me this favor… share this post far and wide and let’s make it go viral. 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.

Three women and two men standing on either side of cart filled with bags of donations for Hurricane Florence survivors
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Hey Walmart … give Jeff a raise!”

Woman standing beside Walmart manager who stands behind two shopping carts full of items for Hurricane Florence survivors
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