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The Last Vacation

Leslie Brown

Life is rough. That’s why it’s so important that we know that there is more to it, than what we see.

A beloved, twenty year employee of Costco in Danville, California learned he had terminal bone cancer, with about two years to live.

Arlie Smith’s customers of whom he makes all feel important, wanted to let him know how much he meant to them, so they gifted he and his wife with a $2,500 vacation in Laguna Beach.

Sometimes just getting a change of “venue” can help you forget, at least for a little while, what you have to face back home and take a different look at G-d’s creation.

Thank you “Arlie’s Angels”. It’s not what happens to us in this life, it’s how we react to it that matters.

From Huffington Post: “[The customers are] priceless, they’re irreplaceable. Everything that’s done for me and the love that’s shown for me, every day — it’s astounding,” a teary-eyed Smith told KTVU. “I mean, people don’t have this great of a life, really.”

The employee had already been dealing with medical issues as he was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis two years ago, but he received the cancer diagnosis this past September, according to KGO. Bridgette Loughnane, a Costco customer, rallied others online to donate toward a vacation for Smith. The worker was overwhelmed with the support he’s received, and says that despite his illness, the gesture proves he has much to be thankful for.

“How can you possibly be ungrateful in my situation?” Smith told KTVU, reflecting on the gift. “How can you possibly take this for granted?”

Though Smith was shocked by his customers’ act of kindness, shoppers say he truly deserves it.

“He’s always at the door, he’s always giving receipts, he’s always smiling, always happy. And people refer to him as the ‘Costco guy,'” Steve Maurer, a Costco customer, told KTVU.

Smith is eager to pay the generosity forward, and is raising money through a store-wide fundraiser to benefit the Children’s Hospital Oakland, the outlet reported.


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