A mother of a special-needs boy went to Home Depot to buy material for her son’s Halloween prop. What she didn’t expect though, was a random act of kindness from one of the employees, which meant so much to this mother.
Aimee Boyle Mcilroy arrived at Home Depot to pick up a refrigerator box she asked Valerie, one of the managers, to hold for her. The box was to be used as a prop to turn her son’s wheelchair into a police car for Halloween. But this manager went above and beyond her duties, and Aimee felt the need to share her great work ethic on Facebook.
“I’d like to send a huge shout out to Valerie…I first knew Valerie was awesome when she got down on the floor to cut the box down for me. She had beautiful nails and I told her that they weren’t meant for a box cutter; and she said that her vest meant that she was made for whatever I needed!” shared Aimee, who was so touched by what Valerie had done.
But Valerie wasn’t finished; she proceeded to accompany Aimee and her son to choose other materials that they would need. By this point, she had already earned the title of “Creative Genius” as she directed the mom and son through the maze of shelves to find everything that they might need.
When it was established that they had everything they required, Valerie directed them to the checkout counter and offered to pay for the lot. Aimee shared, “I tried to refuse, but she just said that it would bless her greatly.” What a character!
Aimee’s appreciation was so great, and said: “My son may not have understood anything other than she was kind and patient with him, but this special needs mama really, really appreciated this huge act of kindness. The biggest blessing for me was the way she treated my son and the way he responded to her.”
You may assume that the story ends here, but there’s more. When Valerie and Aimee started talking about Home Depot’s Saturday kit workshops, Aimee shared the difficulties of bringing special-needs kids. Then Valerie responded in the most amazing way, “Well, then we’ll just bring the workshop to you!”
Her son’s school has two special-needs classrooms, and Home Depot arranged to bring workshop kits to the kids so they can all experience a mini workshop.
Aimee said: “They’re going to pre-make the kits and then have a little mini workshop in Jack’s classroom. This way, our special kiddos can participate in an accessible and sensory friendly environment! Valerie said it had been on her heart the last couple of months to get more special needs kids into the workshops.”
Aimee hopes other parents know: “I think one of the most important things that special needs parents need to understand is that it’s OK to let other people in. Sometimes it’s hard to accept help; but when you do refuse help, you stand in the way of letting other people bless you and in turn that blesses them. The relationship that has come out of this experience has been one of the best blessings!”
Her last words were, “Thank you, Valerie, so much!!”
It’s true that people really feel it when another has their best interests at heart. Now that’s one outstanding manager!
Photo credit: Facebook | Aimee mcilroy