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Local woman's simple act of kindness goes viral

It is said that the true measure of character is what you do when no one is watching; or when you think no one is watching. One woman's everyday kindness is earning her praises as an Angel In Our Midst.

"We stopped at Chick-fil-A in Gulf Breeze. As we sat and ate, we noticed an elderly gentleman eating alone. I could hear a lady's voice talking to him, asking him if he was OK; did he need anything else; even told him to be careful, he had a little barbecue sauce on his fingers and she didn't want him to get it on his clothes." said Carole. She is a businesswoman from Mississippi who happened to stop at the Chick-fil-A in Gulf Breeze.

That simple act of kindness got her attention, but it didn't stop there.

"She cleaned up his trash and helped him get his coat on," Carole added.

Sheila Davis remembers that day on the job.

"Later, I noticed his little jacket, he needed a little help with that so I got him situated with that," Sheila said.

"And, yes, helped him get to his car," Carole noted.

"On the way out to his truck, we got to cutting up, chatting about his Ford. I told him it was first on race day," Sheila recalls his laughter.

Sheila Davis is a hostess at the restaurant. A humble, unassuming woman; her story was about to go viral.

Carole posted her observations and pictures on the restaurant's Facebook page.

John and Anne Marie Stopper are the owners of Chick-fil-A in Gulf Breeze.

John said, "It was neat to see all of the comments, locally and internationally, praising what she just does everyday. Just to make people feel special."

His wife echoes the observations of Sheila, "And making a difference and showing kindness. And taking that kindness above and beyond what people expect. It's in her nature. She has a heart to serve."

Her customer that day was F. E. "Gene" Booker. He doesn't know much about Facebook but this, he does know, "She was so very nice to help me. I have a little problem with my health. So, she goes out of her way to help people."

To Sheila, it's just who she is, "That's everyday for me."

To Mr. Booker, that, in itself, is something very special, "People don't hardly take the time to say, "Hello" or look up when they pass you by."

That's why Carole had to share her story for all to see, "Her kindness to this gentleman did not go unnoticed. Thank you, Miss Sheila Davis. This world needs more people like you."

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