In July 2017, a photo of a little boy circulated on Facebook and quickly garnered a ton of attention. The image, which was snapped inside a Walmart store, was shared nearly 115,000 times.
The boy wandered off at one point during his trip to Walmart with his mother. When she found him a few minutes later, she initially wanted to scold him for disappearing… until she discovered what he’d been up to.
“I had to run into Walmart. I turned around to make sure my son was next to me.”
When the mom finally found her son, he was kneeling at one of the benches towards the front of the store. At first, she didn’t quite understand what he was doing. Then she noticed it looked as though he was praying… but still, why?!
That’s when the confused mother looked above the boy’s head at the board hanging on the wall. “Every second counts,” the poster read. That’s when Mom realized what he’d been doing this whole time.
“Instead of finding him by my side I found him kneeling in front of the missing children board praying.”
The simple yet powerful image went viral, and readers with missing loved ones across the country instantly connected with the emotional moment captured in time. Another Facebook page called Bring Aubrey Home recognized a child in one of the photos hanging on the wall as Aubrey Jayce Carroll, a teenage boy from George who went missing in 2016.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, roughly 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States.
One Facebook commenter said it best: “Whether or not you believe in God really 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.”