A high school principal in South Carolina took a part-time job at Walmart so he could donate his paychecks to students in need.
“A couple of years ago, I had two students, who were females, sleeping under the bridge,” he recalled.
“There was another situation where a former student of mine and her daughter were sleeping in their car, and another situation where a former student needed funds for her water and light bills,” Darby added.
He quickly took action and began working as a stocker at Walmart three nights a week from 10:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m.
“I was taught if your hands find something to do, do it. So I came to myself and said, ‘Perhaps I need another job in terms of part-time,'” Darby noted.
Although he initially tried to hide from everyone, including his manager, that he was working two jobs, news quickly spread.
“I didn’t expect the attention. I simply wanted to work for Walmart without fanfare and to use those resources for my students,” he noted, adding, “It leaked out and this is beyond my greatest imagination.”
During a recent interview with the Today Show, Darby called himself an optimist and a determinist.
“I know that it’s going to get better. I know that these times will not always be with us. I know that my students will not always be in poverty. I know that because that’s what we are. America makes it better for everybody,” he stated.
To recognize all that he has done for his beloved students, Walmart surprised him with a check for $50,000 on Friday:
A high school principal in North Charleston, South Carolina has gone viral for taking on an extra overnight job at Walmart to help his students in need. @craigmelvin introduces us to Henry Darby, and Walmart presents a surprise donation of $50,000 to his school. pic.twitter.com/w8WToo9RCa
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 29, 2021
“I’m speechless,” Darby said when he received the gift. “Thank you so very much. This is going to go a very, very long way.”