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Small act of kindness from a stranger

Published: Jun. 25, 2020 at 10:43 PM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - 16-year-old AJ Montreuil of Gilmanton is used to frequent visits to HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

For the last five years he's lived with type 1 diabetes.

“He’s in good hands here at sacred heart,” said his mother, Rose Montreuil.

Rose also told WEAU that her son was recently admitted to the ER for symptoms related to his diabetes that couldn’t be treated at home.

After arriving at the hospital, AJ later realized he forgot his phone charger. And as it would be for most teenagers, it was a big deal.

“He messaged me this morning saying he needed his phone charger, because his phone was going dead so I’m like okay how am i going to get him a phone charger because I’m at work” said Rose.

When she called the Verizon wireless store across the street, the store wasn't able to help her buy one over the phone.

But a bystander at Verizon overheard the conversation and offered to pay for the charger in store.

Doug Garrett, a Verizon Sales Rep said,

“She said she’d take care of it and I said fantastic and we ran it over to Sacred Heart so the young man could have a phone charger,”

“I’m like oh my god why would she do that she doesn’t even know who I am, my eyes leaked, because you know... For someone to do that!” Rose explained.

This young woman was paying it forward, just because.

“There are good people out there; she was such a nice girl. And just somebody to have that big of heart, to be able to do that, to think of it right off the top of her head,” Garrett told WEAU.

Rose went on to say,

“If she’s out there if she could just know that it’s greatly appreciated you know AJ is 16 years old and being stuck in the hospital when you’re a teenager without a means of conversation with your friends is, you know, it’s hard.”

And paying it forward is nothing new to AJ, the teenager was recently on the other side of a kind gesture when he paid for a customer’s groceries at the store where he works.

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