It’s always a good idea to show kindness to others. Random acts of kindness not only make the one performing them feel wonderful, but they can also greatly assist the recipient. A television crew decided to use their Surprise Squad at a nearby grocery shop in the Las Vegas region to help pay for a few customers’ groceries, only to discover that they had actually assisted a hero.
In August 2017, Dave Hall and the Surprise Squad from Fox 5 teamed up with Albertsons and Vons grocery shops to spread happiness and generosity by offering to pay for a few customers’ food purchases at Albertsons. They took care of a few regular clients who had piled up some sizable bills as well as a few folks who were short on funds. The Fox 5 Surprise Squad then consented to assist a client and a friend of her spouse, who it turned out were also veterans. They scarcely placed anything on the check-out conveyor belt since they had been having financial difficulties.
Both men and women who serve make selfless, brave decisions. Even though they are revered as heroes by many, many veterans still struggle when they come home since they might not be eligible for any benefits or have other means of support. A veteran received some financial assistance from the Surprise Squad after just placing two things on the checkout conveyor belt. The squad intervened and offered to pay for the veteran’s necessary supplies.
Helping the military
The Fox 5 Surprise Squad’s catchphrase is “no man or woman left behind,” and they demonstrated that they lived up to it in August 2017 when they came upon two veterans in a grocery store in Las Vegas. They came into Stephanie Sieverding, a crippled veteran who had been purchasing food for her dogs and herself. She acknowledged to Hall that she had just $50 left. Fortunately, before he spotted the man standing behind the appreciative woman, Hall had paid for all of her items.
The man was a veteran named Larry Robeson who was also Sieverding’s husband’s acquaintance. On the conveyor belt at the checkout, he only placed two goods. Hall told Robeson, “You served us, now let us serve you,” and accompanied the guy on a full grocery shopping excursion. As Robeson shopped for food and other supplies, he became quite upset and brushed away his tears.
He added that 16 years ago, he founded a group called Bones for Blankets with the goal of providing blankets to homeless veterans. Robeson wanted to make a difference after his three brothers died from exposure, so he started working with his club to assist other veterans as much as he could. Larry, we strive to do good things for good people, so you deserve this,” Hall said to a still very emotional and incredulous Robeson.
Robeson filled a whole cart with goods, and the total was $278.55, the most he had ever spent on shopping. Robeson was warmly compensated by the Fox 5 Surprise Squad for his contributions to his community and his country.
Since then, the Surprise Squad’s tale has gained widespread traction, garnering more than 1.3 million YouTube views in addition to hundreds of supportive comments. Others noted that the film was enlightening, and several viewers took the chance to thank the soldiers for their service.
“His statement that several of his friends died from freezing broke my heart. I intend to get some blankets. I urge others to donate them to the homeless in the same way,” one viewer said.
“Every service member deserves our appreciation, support, and respect as civilians. Another viewer said, “They do so much for us and expect nothing in return.
Even one of the viewers claims to have worked at the Albertsons in the clip.
Thomas Bonifacio stated, “I work at this Albertsons, and I remember the day this happened, and it never fails to make me cry.”
21 out of every 10,000 veterans were homeless in 2019, which is slightly more than the national average for homelessness, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Having said that, the group emphasizes that there are some causes for optimism.
“In the ten years (2010–2019), the proportion of homeless veterans in America was substantially cut in half. The drop from 74,087 to 37,085 veterans experiencing homelessness substantially outpaced the gains made by chronically homeless persons and all other subpopulations,” the agency reported.
There is still work to be done, though, and Robeson’s charitable organization continues to have a positive impact on his neighborhood.
“Larry, I want to thank you for your service to this nation and your ongoing support of our veterans. Another spectator remarked, “You are an incredible guy.