Finding a job might be difficult, but actually keeping one is probably the hardest part. Stores close down, people get fired, businesses move. Whatever the case may be, being unemployed can make life harder—especially if you’re a 94-year-old citizen. Discover the story of Arthur St. John and all the great things that happened to him after sadly losing his job.
WORK. WORK. WORK.
Being 94 did not stop Arthur St. John from working. He was a part-time grocery bagger at the Stratham Market Basket store in New Hampshire, where he had been working for around 22 years.
Arthur might not have been the youngest or fastest employee in the store, but he sure knew how to contribute to excellent customer satisfaction. Most clients appreciated his kindness, courtesy, and loveliness; which made him provide a truly heart-warming service.
PRAISED TO THE SKY
Arthur might not have been a celebrity, either; but he had his own fan club. With so many great qualities, most people would wait extra time in line just to have him bag their groceries and to see him after grocery shopping—kids loved him!
THINGS GET ROUGH
After CEO Arthur T. Demoulas was fired, many protests started to take place at this New Hampshire supermarket. This is one of the reasons why many workers hours have been reduced, causing economic problems for them.
Along with many other hundreds of workers, Arthur was laid off. He was devastated not only because he needed this job to support himself, but also because he loved his customers and the job itself.
GO FUND ARTHUR
When Bonnie Gervais, another employer of the same market in Massachusetts, found out Arthur had been fired, she and her teenage son Christian decided to do something about it. Both started an online campaign on Go Fund Me to help this adorable elder man raise funds to pay his bills.
Arthur was such a loving person and dedicated employee that many people were touched by his story and contributed online. Bonnie and Chris helped raise around $8000 in total—a nice way to give some love back to him.
PAY BACK TIME
Bonnie worked in a franchise of the store in another city, so she never really met Arthur in person until she handed him the actual check. Bonnie and her son never expected their fundraising deed would turn out so great; they must’ve been happy, too.
A CHECK OF APPRECIATION
Assistant store director Dean Clevesy saw Arthur cry two or three times after receiving this token of appreciation. The money will sure help Arthur with his bills, but we all know this token is what truly made him happy.
FAITH IN HUMANITY RESTORED
This story of human kindness proves there’s still hope out there. A small good deed can have a huge impact on someone’s life; so don’t hesitate next time you want to give some love. It does make a difference.