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A beloved grocery bagger who serves up smiles among stories that inspired us

A longtime grocery store employee has made a name for himself by not only being a great bagger but also being a positive presence at the store.

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These are the stories that inspired us:

At a grocery store in Alabama, everybody knows Joey Hale as an expert bagger, but that’s not all that he does.

For 16 years, Joey has worked at the Valleydale Village Publix in Shelby County, Alabama.

In that time, he has made a name for himself by not only being a great bagger but also being a positive presence at the store.

Meanwhile, a Wisconsin high school football player is hoping to inspire others who are like him.

Lucas Jundt, who was born without fibula bones in his legs, plays football using prosthetic legs.

And when a Kentucky fourth-grader with spina bifida faced the possibility of staying home during a class field trip because of physical barriers, a teacher stepped in to help.

Jim Freeman used a special backpack to tote Ryan Neighbors through the rugged outdoor terrain at a park.

“As soon as we got her strapped in, she's like, 'This is the part I've been waiting for,'” Freeman said.

Watch the video above to learn more about these stories.