'She was afraid to go out shopping at Trader Joe's because they don't have delivery service," Sorrel said on why he started shopping for a 90-yr-old.
Children have a big heart to serve people and the community and they go way beyond if given a chance. Eleven-year-old Nate Sorrell is one of them. He began by serving an elderly woman in his neighborhood and then it soon expanded to others in the community, as reported by CBS News. It all started when Newton Police encouraged the community to "make a senior your sweetheart" for Valentine's week this year. The goal was for people to serve the elderly people around them. "We're really still not out of that feeling of what we went through during the pandemic. Especially our seniors who are many times already isolated. We want to do this as a positive campaign," said Newton Police Chief John Carmichael told CBS.
Sorrell was one of those who wanted to help out. "We have a friend who lives around the block and she's in her 90s. She was afraid to go out shopping at Trader Joe's because they don't have a delivery service. I started going grocery shopping for her," said Sorrell. He soon started to do the shopping for other seniors as well. "I delivered Trader Joe's to the elderly and people with COVID," said Sorrell.
His act of kindness caught the attention of the town. On February 26, Joe Prestejohn, the owner of Cabot's Ice Cream in Newton, decided to pack a special order for Sorrell and his family for the good work he was doing. "To see that in a young kid nowadays is awesome and we just wanted to make sure he's rewarded for it," said Prestejohn. Moreover, a police cruiser delivered the ice cream to Sorrell and he also got a visit from Leo the police dog. The package came with a note from Prestejohn. "Thank you for being such a great example to so many others in our community," Sorrel said, reading out the note.
"What goes around, comes around," Prestejohn said. "If you see something that needs to be done and you can help somebody, go do it." Other businesses across the city are also doing their bit for the elderly. "We're doing something for seniors on Tuesday. We'll give a free heart cookie away," Frances Khachadourian said. "In my family giving to people that need or want, it's a tradition to give. We're fortunate enough to be able to do that," her father Jean Rene Khachadourian added.
In another similar story, a teenager drove miles to return a wallet to a 61-year-old woman that he saw lying in the parking lot of a Walmart store. Dee Harkrider, from Arkansas, didn't even remember that she had left her wallet in a shopping cart at Forrest City. She said that if he wanted he could have just given it to the store but he took the effort to bring it to her. "I’m just overwhelmed.
He said, "I wasn’t supposed to be parking in that spot but thank God I did." Delivontae Johnson found Harkrider's license in her wallet and started driving to her house in Wynne. Thankfully he was able to connect with her on Facebook. "I live in Wynne, but I was in Palestine. So, that young man detoured and came to Palestine and brought me my wallet," she shared. The two met at a parking lot of a restaurant. Harkrider hugged him and requested a picture with him to post on Facebook because she was thankful for what he did. She said, “I wanted people to know what this young man had done for me. I had to share it."