94-year-old WWII veteran gives chocolate bars to strangers — just because | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Imaee: Screengrab from YouTube/HERSHEY'S
Imaee: Screengrab from YouTube/HERSHEY’S

At 94 years old, Bob Williams keeps himself busy and up on his feet with random acts of kindness. Williams of Long Grove, Iowa sees to it that he gives chocolates to the people in his town every Saturday, a personal tradition he’s been doing for the past 10 years.

Williams is a World War II veteran, a retired teacher as well as a high school football coach, as per CNN on Sept. 19. He makes sure everyone in his town, all 800 of them, gets their share of sweets by always keeping his freezer filled with hundreds of chocolate bars.

His Saturdays begin by taking a walk to his local Dollar General store, where he purchases a box of milk chocolate bars, as shown in a video posted by Hershey’s via YouTube last Sept. 12. From the box, he gives two to the cashiers, another to the person behind him in line and then the rest to anyone he sees while walking around town.

He may have retired from teaching a long time ago, but Williams continues to teach the people around him in another way.

It didn’t take long, too, until the chocolate manufacturer got wind of Williams and his little acts of kindness, thus creating the video feature to honor the 94-year-old.

“Well I could give somebody a Hershey bar and put a smile on their face,” Williams said. “It just makes me feel good. I don’t have any complaints.”

“He’s just so generous, always a kind word,” said one woman in the video. “He’s teaching all of us to pay it forward.”

“It’s just amazing the people he has connections with,” another said. “I don’t think he realizes the effect he has on people.”

There’s never a gesture too small, even if created from the corner where one stands, when it comes to doing good. Take it from the nonagenarian who’s done such for the past 10 years, for the sake of just doing good. Cody Cepeda/JB


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