By Andrew L Basden
The Newcastle Pacer
Wal Mart cashier Nicholas Tate has gained national attention for his simple act of kindness towards a flustered foster mom.
Tate, a 2015 graduate of Newcastle, gained national attention when a Facebook post by a foster mom went viral.
The foster mom posted her experience and what Tate did for her when she went through his check-out line one Friday evening in July.
She was attempting to use WIC to pay for baby formula she needed for an infant she was fostering. WIC, or Women, Infants, and Children, is a federal nutrition program that helps families purchase specific food items. Tate tried several times to get the machine to accept the WIC payment but was unable to do so.
“She apparently didn’t have the right brand of formula and the machine would not accept it,” said Tate.
The foster mom, who was surrounded by three kids and had grumbling customers behind her had become flustered and began to cry.
“There were more customers, more grumbling and dirty looks as they moved to the other lane and I’m frustrated and trying not to cry. At this point a lady we know came up and asked why I was causing so many problems. I told her I was just failing as a foster mom because I can’t figure out WIC and almost burst into tears right there,” wrote the foster mom in her Facebook post.
Tate called for a manager to help. The manager was unable to get the machine to accept the WIC payment though.
This is when Nick jumped into action and pulled out his own debit card to pay for the formula. Overwhelmed with emotion, the foster mom left with her items without getting Tate’s name.
When she arrived at home she took to Facebook to tell her story and asked for help with finding the identity of the young man who helped her.
Not too long after she posted the story, a resident of Newcastle was walking through Wal-Mart and spotted Nick. The resident confirmed with Tate that it was indeed him. Through some more social networking the foster mom and Tate were reunited.
“It was great getting to talk to her,” said Tate.
It was not long after their reunion that the story of the Wal Mart cashier and the foster mom started to get attention.
KFOR 4, CBS, Fox News, and CBN are just a few of the news stations that have contacted Tate.
“Kellie Pickler and Faith Hill contacted me on the same day also,” said Tate.
Tate, a Christian who attends Austin Bible Institute and church regularly, doesn’t mind all this attention either.
Tate has been contacted by several missionary organizations that want to work with him as well.
Tate set up a Go Fund Me page two months ago to aid in his desire to move to Roatan, Honduras to perform missionary work. As of press time nearly $15,000 has been raised.
On Thursday, August 3, 2017, at a small ceremony, Tate received a Citation of Appreciation from Representative Bobby Cleveland.
“Whereas, Nicholas Tate, being a young adult of twenty years, has set a great example for his peers, his coworkers, his community, and all of us through an act of kindness; and
Whereas, Nicholas Tate, while working as a cashier at the Newcastle Walmart Supercenter in Newcastle, Oklahoma, gave of himself selflessly obeying the prompting of God and choosing to pay with his money for the groceries of a foster mom of a baby in need, expecting nothing in return; and
Whereas, it is fitting and proper that the Oklahoma House of Representatives hereby acknowledges Nicholas Tate for his personal sacrifice and his demonstration of faith, quality of character, and good citizenship through a heart of kindness and compassion for others.”
“I read about Nick on Facebook, it really touched me that a teenager took the iniative to help somebody like that. The thing that he did was far-and-above the call of duty as a cashier. I was real impressed that he did that and wanted to present him with a citation,” Cleveland said.
Mayor Gene Reid was also present and presented Tate with a American Eagle Silver Coin and a letter of appreciation and recognition for his act of kindness.
“Nick, may I join the many people who appreciate the act of kindness that you demonstrated while preforming your duties while at work here at Wal Mart, enclosed is a silver dollar coin as a sign of my appreciation for your actions and for the cheerful and professional attitude that you demonstrate each time I see you here at the store. On behalf of the city of Newcastle as well as a personal expression in recognition of your act of kindness, I say thank you.”
“Since the start of all of this, I have said that it isn’t about me, its about giving it to God each time, so it doesn’t bother me at all, I just keep giving it to him,” said Tate.