A simple act of kindness and understanding at a grocery store is going viral this holiday season.
Last week Kimberly Grandinette and her 3-year-old son, Paul, stopped by a Meijer in Springfield, Ohio, to pick up some groceries.
When they went to check out, Grandinette told cashier Kristen Clark that her younger son was in the hospital and the family was having a hard time adjusting. The situation was particularly hard for Paul to deal with.
It was at that time when Paul asked Clark if he could help her, to which she replied "certainly." She then cradled him in one arm and scanned the items with another. Grandinette took this picture that she uploaded to Facebook on Dec. 13.
She shared the post on Meijer's Facebook page, it reads:
I just wanted to tell you about an awesome experience I had today. My three year old son and I went through the checkout at the end of our trip. I was telling the cashier (Kristen C) that my infant son is in the hospital right now and that my three year old is having a pretty rough time with all of the changes in routine and changes at home it is causing.
Then my three year old asked Kristen if he could help her ring our groceries.
She looked at my son and said "Certainly" and brought him behind the register with her. She was so patient with him as she let him help her scan the coupons and she made him feel like a million bucks. He skipped out of the store with a smile on his face.
Thank you, Kristen, for making my son's day (and my day!) a bit brighter.
The post has since gone viral and has over 150,000 likes, and more than 11,000 shares to date. Thousands of people have taken to the comments to praise the gesture.
Grandinette told Dayton-based NBC affiliate WDTNTV what she hopes others will take away from this.
"I hope a lot more people can do acts of kindness for other people because you never know what it's going to do for their day."
BuzzFeed has reached out to Grandinette for comment.