A mother made a trip to her local Walmart with her son, and at one point during the visit she turned around to confirm that her son was nearby, only to find that he was not anywhere near her.
She instead found him kneeling in front of a bench, above which there was board filled with photographs of missing children.
On July 18, 2018, kvne shared a post on Facebook, in which a mother shared a photo of her son at Walmart while he prayed for the missing children in front of a board that had the pictures and information of those children.
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The board read “Every second counts,” indicating that all it took for these kids to go missing was a second. To the mother's surprise, her son was praying for the children and their families.
The picture went viral all over social media and touched the hearts of many people, especially the ones who were looking for a loved one of their own.
“I had to run into Walmart. I turned around to make sure my son was next to me. Instead of finding him by my side I found him kneeling in front of the missing children board praying.”
Kvne, Facebook, July 19, 2017.
The photo, taken by the mother, quickly garnered almost 119,000 shares on Facebook, from people with different religious beliefs.
The photo also received a lot of comments from people. One of the comments read, “Whether or not you believe in God 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.”
According to Jumble Joy, one Facebook page called Bring Aubrey Home identified a child from the photos on the board as Aubrey Jayce Carroll, a teenage boy from Georgia who went missing in the year 2016.
The page thanked the boy for praying for the missing children and the page also added that the sweet gesture by the boy had touched their heart.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, around 800,000 children are reported missing every year in the United States, which is a disturbing number.
In a related story, Julie Bick shared a heart-warming photo of a Rumpke worker praying with her father who has Alzheimer's.
Harold, the sanitation worker, had become a friend of the family and Bick's father, Rolf, looks forward to seeing him each week.
Bick lives in North Bend, Ohio, with her father and two children. She shared the touching on her Facebook page on June 25, 2018, which showed her father sitting near the Rumpke truck and Harold kneeling beside him.