Givers brighten Little Jack's birthday

Posted: Friday, January 08, 2010

What's in that box?

Wal-Mart employees Nerio Bernaldo, left, and Alex Ditcharo, right, give a birthday cake and presents to Jack Adams III for his birthday Thursday at the Glory Hole as Jack's father, Jack Adams Jr.. looks on.

High five: Bernaldo receives a high five from Jack Adams III.

"I felt touched by their story, their struggles," Bernaldo said.

Bernaldo is a single father with five kids, three live with him, who struggles to make ends meet with the aid of Medicaid and food stamps.

"I've been in the same boat," he said. When you need help its nice to know people are there to help you."

Ditcharo is married with two kids and has worked at Wal-Mart for two years.

"I was close to their same situation about a year ago," Ditcharo said. "I have a three-year-old myself and I know I would want my daughter to have something for her birthday. I just thought he would too."

The two also gave them some basic necessities including toothbrush and paste, sanitary wipes, coloring books and crayons, ibuprofen, shampoo, and a gift certificate to Wal-Mart and McDonalds. They also left their phone numbers in case they needed help in the future.

Wal-Mart asset protection coordinator Debra Baker contributed a new Tonka dump truck she was going to send to a nephew.

"The guys approached me and said they had read this story and were touched," Baker said. "They felt like it was a New Year's resolution for them, to change or help the community. They decided to put some things together. They went above and beyond the call."

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