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8-Year-Old Girl Visits Walmart With Her Mother - The Next Day, an Employee Calls Her an Angel for This Reason
8-Year-Old Befriends Walmart Employee While Helping Him Collect Carts
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8-Year-Old Girl Visits Walmart With Her Mother - The Next Day, an Employee Calls Her an Angel for This Reason

In the heart of Oxford, North Carolina, a little hero emerged from a Walmart parking lot. Ryleigh Livengood, at the tender age of 8, is proving that kindness knows no bounds.

What an 8-Year-Old Girl Did at Walmart

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One day, after a routine grocery run with her mom Tiffany, Ryleigh noticed something amiss in the Walmart parking lot. Carts were scattered everywhere, and CJ Hart, a Walmart employee, was diligently working to corral them. Without a second thought, Ryleigh insisted on helping. For her, it wasn't just about collecting carts; it was about doing what's right.


Her mom, Tiffany, shared their impromptu act of kindness on Facebook. Ryleigh expressed that helping CJ was what they were supposed to do because "that’s what we are supposed to do. We are supposed to be kind."

What might have seemed like a small gesture had a profound impact on CJ. Later that night, he poured his emotions into a Facebook post, expressing gratitude for Ryleigh's unexpected help. He shared how Ryleigh, an angel in his eyes, saw beyond race and size, and offered a helping hand.

Overwhelmed by this pure act of kindness, CJ hoped to have the chance to thank Ryleigh. The universe, it seemed, was in sync. The very next day, Ryleigh and her mom returned to Walmart. Ryleigh, once again, noticed a stray cart, and without hesitation, brought it inside. There, she reunited with her new friend, CJ.

How One Little Girl Proved the Importance of Kindness

This time, the exchange was more than words. CJ handed Ryleigh a card, a small token with a $20 bill inside. The message read, "Your hard work meant a lot to me. I don’t know you but you’re an angel." This simple card now sits proudly on Ryleigh’s dresser, a testament to the impact of a kind heart.

Ryleigh's spontaneous act of goodness not only made CJ’s day but also left an indelible mark on her own heart. Her mom hopes that their story will inspire more acts of kindness. "I challenge everyone, to be kind today to someone," Tiffany wrote. "Do a random act of kindness, just because."

In the narrative of life, Ryleigh Livengood has become a beacon of compassion, reminding us all that a little kindness, especially from the pure heart of a child, can illuminate the darkest corners of the world. Ryleigh, you are a beautiful soul, and we are grateful for the lessons you teach us — lessons of love, kindness, and the profound impact a small act can have.

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