Miami Dolphins safety Walt Aikens went to Wal-Mart to get some gift wrapping supplies on Christmas Eve and got more than he bargained for.
A new, unexpected friend.
Aikens was carrying the supplies in his arms, “being the macho man that I am,” he told the Blaze, when an older woman offered him her shopping cart.
At first he refused but the line was moving slowly and when she offered again he took her up on the offer.
To show his appreciation Aikens reciprocated with an act of kindness of his own and paid for the items in her cart, despite the woman’s objections, which consisted of baby clothes and items like chocolate chips and sprinkles which he assumed she was using to bake cookies, the Blaze reported.
The woman, who didn’t know Aikens was a Dolphins player at the time, asked for his address so she could send him some of the fresh-baked goodies because, she told him, no one had ever been as nice to her before, “especially in Florida,” he told the Blaze.
A few days later Aiken got a call from the man at the front desk of his apartment building telling him he received a package “from some lady at Wal-Mart.”
“I just wanted to tell you again, thank you so much. Your mom I’m sure is very proud of you,” the woman wrote on the card. “Not only are you a professional football player for the Miami Dolphins, but most of all, a wonderful kind person, too.”
He told the Blaze he was really touched by the gesture.
“Today when I got this package of cookies and cakes and other treats hand delivered from the lady, it caught me off-guard and showed me that manners and being kind to others can go a long way. This really made my day because I had forgotten about her saying she was going to send me cookies,” he said. “Honestly, I was just being nice and did not expect any favors in return because treating people the right way is just how my parents raised me. Also, I did not tell the woman I played professional football or anything, so she was just being nice to a complete stranger and cared enough to uphold her side of the bargain and carry out what she would do.”
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