$40 WalMart Shoebox Story

November 17, 2018

               The beginning of November I took a trip to WalMart with my almost 2yo. He had no shoes that were fitting his growing big feet. I decided to take a trip to Wally World for some shoes, just a couple pairs for the time being. This was the first time in my life (that I can recall) I have walked in a store & only grabbed what I actually said I was going for. I did not walk around & browse, I walked directly to shoes, tried on 4 pairs, & walked directly to the self check-out. After checking out, I stopped at the Dunkin’ Donuts within the WalMart, grabbed donuts, coffee & juice for the entire family. 

Now I only mention all of this because of what happens next. After walking out of WalMart, I was heading to the car. Now this is something I have always done since having my son. Set him up before getting everything else in the car. I took him out of the carriage, placed him in his carseat, took off his coat, strapped him into his carseat, laid his blanket over his lap, & placed my phone in the Buggygear Phone Holder with a movie. As I turned to start to get the cart, a woman in a silver Toyota RAV4 parked next to me, was pulling away. She sees a habitat for humanity sticker on his window. She asked if I had a habitat house I said “No I wish.”

She hands me $40 & says “This is a blessing you are such a good mom.” I was in such shock, I tried very hard not to cry.  I kept asking “Are you sure.” As I tried to give it back,  she stated “Yes, keep it” & drove away. Each day a person struggles with themselves. We all have this image of ourselves that we are trying to accomplish. There are days where I am very hard on myself, I always feel like I could be doing more. We always have to stop & think. Look at how far you have come!

Well, due to such a blessing, I decided to use that $40 towards something where I could pay it forward as well. I was in Hobby Lobby shortly after this encounter, advertised was Shoeboxes along with forms for the Shoebox Donations for the Samaritan Purse. Truly I think this was a sign, I later purchased 2 shoeboxes & started to fill them with items listed on the  website link below:

https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoebox-suggestions/

I have dropped off the boxes to local church in the area collecting each year for the  Samaritan Purse.1632 & counting has been raised so far for the Samaritan Purse, that was just our local church. 2 boxes were donated, 1 from The Flores Family & the other from Miss Monet’s Dance Studio. 

I just would like to say a HUGE Thank You to the woman in the Silver Toyota RAV4. The $40 was put to such great use. Nothing is a better feeling than paying it forward. 

2 thoughts on “$40 WalMart Shoebox Story

  1. Rebecca says:

    My daughter had something similar happen to her. Her seven-year-old, my grandson, has Down Syndrome. And she too is one great mom. This woman saw this and went up to my daughter and gave her $100.00. She was flabbergasted.

    It sounds like you are a great mom. God bless.

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    • Mama_Flores says:

      That is incredible! It is awesome to see & heat these moments. There is still good in this crazy world! God bless her. Thank you very much, we always feel like we are doing something wrong. Parenting is part of learning. Thank you Rebecca, God bless you & your family ❤

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