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07/31/03

Coast Man Surprises Good Samaritan

Bennie King showed us his bandaged right foot, wounded a week ago. King said "When I stepped on the nail in my driveway, I jumped off of it 'cause it scared me. I didn't realize it went in that deep and then I came back down and it punctured my foot the second time. It went in so deep, I had to hit the board because it was stuck to my shoe".

Now, able to walk again, King wanted to thank the woman he calls his "angel". She is Wal-mart pharmacy clerk Barbara Johnson.

King surprised Johnson during a staff meeting Thursday and said "Hi lady. I'd like to give you these gifts, and I'd like to hug you for what you did".

King then shared the amazing story about the day he injured his foot. After surgery, he rushed to buy bandages, tape and medicine. But the Ocean Springs Supercenter was out of some of the items he needed. That's when Johnson heard about his dilemma.

King said "She said I couldn't help overhearing, but I get off at 7:00 in the morning. If you call Patterson's Pharmacy, I'll go by there and get the things you need and bring them to your house. And my wife was standing there and we were just in shock, because this lady doesn't even know us".

That's not all. King said "Not only did she bring everything we needed to take care of my foot for the next five days, but she brought a large pizza because me and my 2 sons were there and they're not old enough to drive and we had nothing to eat for the day".

King says he was quite shocked to see Johnson at his door. King said "I wanted to grab her when she came to the house that day and give her a hug and I got to thinking, well I guess I better not because I don't know how she'd feel about it".

King says Johnson had a sick child at home, but she still went out of her way to help him. She also had to take a long detour to reach King's house, but she refused to accept any gas money.

Johnson's act of kindness also caught the attention of Wal-Mart managers. They presented her a plaque, cake and balloons. Johnson says she only did what she felt was right.

Barbara Johnson said "It kind of brought tears to my eyes because I can understand how it feels when you step on a nail or have an injury. When he explained his situation, it touched my heart. To me it's just a normal thing to do. If someone needs help, needs assistance, I just help out when I can".

And for her help, King gave Johnson the perfect gift -- a ceramic angel. King said "When we came in here I told my wife I've never seen that woman before in my life. I said she could have been an angel. She just walked up out of nowhere".

Except Bennie King's angel, walks on earth.

By: Trang Pham-Bui

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