An opportunity to help someone was about to come her way. She was queuing at the checkout counter, getting ready to put her groceries on the belt. She then realized that something was happening with the person in front of her.
It looked as if the man was about to pay for his shopping but didn’t have enough money or couldn’t find his credit card. Anyone would feel terribly awkward and embarrassed, especially when there are people waiting behind.
After Her School Days
After Ruth retired from teaching middle school, she looked for something to do that would enable her to give to others in the same way. She dedicated he life to inspiring young children and she was blessed with kindness and compassion. She didn't want it to end.
This is why taking an important role in charity organizations and just helping people that came her way was so natural for her. This satisfied her tremendously.
One bright morning, the day started like any other. Ruth was on her way to Wawa, the convenience store she shopped in regularly. What she didn't know was that her weekly shop would soon turn into headlines.
Ruth lived in a very close community and it was most likely she would bump into someone she knew when shopping for her groceries. And this morning was no exception.
She Offered to Pay
The customer that couldn't pay was unknowingly lucky to have Ruth around. She wasn't going to let this man put his groceries back as most people would, so she offered to help.
Believing this would all be done with after paying his bill, Ruth was in for a surprise as the person she came across, was no stranger. Not to her and not to most people.
A Lifetime Decision
Years ago, Ruth and her husband made a decision to always help people that needed help and especially soldiers. She said in one interview; "We decided when we saw military people we would treat them at Wawa or Dunkin Donuts or whatever."
So when she spotted the opportunity, there was no way of ignoring it and she grabbed everyone that came her way. When the man who couldn't pay asked someone for five dollars, that was her cue.