A 9-year-old girl with special needs formed a heartwarming bond with a Giant Food Stores cashier after he invited her to help bag groceries.
Lisa Teach was shopping at a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Giant Foods store with her daughter Lilly on Feb. 24.
Teach, who said her daughter has special needs, describes Lilly as spunky, funny and outgoing, with dreams of someday being a doctor, teacher or bagging groceries.
As Lilly approached the checkout line, the cashier, Isaac Witte, noticed her take an interest in the grocery bags.
“She likes watching how everything fits into the grocery bags, kind of like the game Tetris,” Teach wrote on Facebook. “I believe its sort of therapeutic for her in a way.”
Witte was charmed by the little girl’s enthusiasm and demeanor and asked if she wanted to help him bag the groceries.
“I looked at him and said, ‘you have no idea what you just asked her — she’s going to love this!’” Teach told WXIA-TV.
Teach took a photo and video of the moment, where Lilly can be seen bursting with joy showing everyone how capable and helpful she was.
“I just love it,” Lilly said in the video. Turning to Witte, she said a sweet, “I love you!”
“You’re the best,” Witte told her.
After the video went viral, Witte talked about what was going through his mind during his interaction with Lilly.
“To be honest, I also have a disability,” Witte said.
“So I kind of figured since no one had given me that opportunity when I was younger I thought, ‘well, why not?’”
Teach said that Lilly does not typically feel such warm affection for someone she just met but loved how Witte made her feel so important and special.
“She doesn’t say this to everyone, but in the moment, I believe this was her way of saying thank you for seeing me and for letting me help, I love you,” Teach said.
“Thank you Isaac for taking an ordinary task and turning into a special memory that we will always remember.”
In a follow-up post on Feb. 28, Teach said she and Lilly returned to the store, where Lilly received her very own Giant Food Stores nametag.
They met the store manager who offered Lilly a job when she turns 16.
“However, she’s ready to start working, today,” Teach said.