In July of 2017, a picture of a little kid taken inside a Walmart store spread on Facebook. It managed to gain a lot of attention, with nearly 115,000 shares.
During shopping, the boy had wandered away from his mom. She wanted to confront him for disappearing, but when she came across him a few minutes later, she was stunned by what he had been up to.
“I had to run into Walmart. I turned around to make sure my son was next to me.”
She saw him kneeling at one of the benches towards the front of the store. She was confused and didn’t really understand what he was doing. But then she realized that he was praying. But she had no idea why!
When she looked above her son’s head at the board hanging on the wall, everything became clear. “Every second counts,” it read.
“Instead of finding him by my side I found him kneeling in front of the missing children board praying.”
The photo she took was simple, but it was immensely powerful. It went viral on social media and viewers with missing loved ones all over the country immediately connected with the emotional moment the woman had captured. A Facebook page called Bring Aubrey Home recognized a child in one of the photos hanging on the wall as Aubrey Jayce Carroll, a teenage boy from George who went missing in 2016.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, around 800,000 children are reported missing in the United States every single year.
One Facebook comment hits home: “Whether or not you believe in God really doesn’t matter. This was a child in Walmart who was thinking about others and doing the only thing he could to help. The world would be a better place if everyone followed his example.”
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