A heartwarming act of kindness was witnessed at the Crown Point Jewel-Osco when a young teen came to the rescue of an elderly customer who was $20 short on a grocery bill of $150.
Izayah Edwards, a senior at Merrillville High School who works part-time at Jewel-Osco was photographed by another customer in line whose social media post about the incident went viral.
“I took this picture while in line at the Crown Point Jewel-Osco a half an hour ago,” Suzanne Dee posted on Facebook. “I had been thinking crabby thoughts about humanity just before I spotted this young man, who was bagging groceries, pull out his wallet to pay the remainder of a customer’s bill when she said she didn’t have enough. See? There are still heroes.”
Act of kindness
Edwards noticed the customer rummaging through her bag and since he had $50 in his wallet, he helped pay $20 towards her bill. “What inspired me is that I felt really bad with everything going on with the pandemic and all the negative things in the world,” he said. “This was a little moment in the day where I could show that someone out there really did care.”
Edwards is now a local celebrity at the store, “It’s been crazy. People have been congratulating me at work like I’m a superstar or famous now, so that’s kind of fun,” he said. “It’s gotten a lot of attention. People said it says a lot about my character, that I was raised right, that I have a good heart, all these heartwarming things about me.”