Apr. 14, 2020
Sitting in the car on a rainy Tuesday morning outside of Walmart Store 5260 in Rogers, Arkansas, Dora Castaneda was waiting for senior shopping hours to start – and she wasn’t feeling inspired.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues impacting daily life in America, senior citizens are feeling the changes acutely. Mrs. Castaneda was deeply concerned about the actions of some of the nation’s youth, as the news cycle homed in on students in Florida, partying in close quarters with seemingly no thought to who else they may impact.
“The day before I went to Walmart, I was listening to the news,” Mrs. Castaneda said. “And I saw all these young people traveling, and it truly made me sad, because I felt as though they didn’t care I was in danger.” But when the clock struck 6:00 a.m., things changed drastically.
"A young person came out to my car and greeted me happily," Mrs. Castaneda said. “And I realized, ‘oh my gosh, they’re doing this genuinely – they’re acting out of love.’"
Inside the store, associates were taking care to keep things clean as they continued serving customers.