Everyday Angels

She was caught in a downpour – then a Good Samaritan appeared from nowhere

Felton Temple was caught in the middle of an epic rainstorm as she tried to get to her car in a Walmart parking lot. Then, “I felt a tap on my shoulder. A wonderful young lady was at my side – with an umbrella.”
Felton Temple was caught in the middle of an epic rainstorm as she tried to get to her car in a Walmart parking lot. Then, “I felt a tap on my shoulder. A wonderful young lady was at my side – with an umbrella.” Courtesy of Felton Temple

The other day my printer stopped working suddenly and I discovered the cartridge was out of ink. I was in the middle of settling some issues that needed immediate attention. What a time to need a cartridge! (This episode has taught me not to ever be without a replacement.)

So, I left my home in Baxter Village in Fort Mill and headed for Walmart in Tega Cay, just two miles from my home. I got the cartridge and a few other items and was ready to leave. When I had entered the store, the sun was shining brightly, so I had no umbrella, no raincoat.

But while I was in the store, there came a huge “thunderboomer” and the bottom fell out of the sky. I had requested of the cashier a couple of Walmart plastic bags to cover my shoulders and head, which I was given.

But as I was trying to get to my car, which was parked further away than usual (of course!), I felt a tap on my shoulder. A wonderful young lady was at my side – with an umbrella.

She walked me all the way to my car, helped me unload my items, gave me a hug and then disappeared. I have no clue what her name was; she only said she wanted to help. And help she did!

My items would probably have been headed for the garbage can, had it not been for her kindness. She was truly an angel in my time of need.

Felton Temple, Fort Mill

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