Columbia, SC (WLTX)-A Midlands man trying to raise money for the annual Special Olympics Torch Run ended up scoring a job just because of his kind heart.

Customers fell in love with Kenny Whitaker at the Publix grocery store in Rosewood. Kenny was born with Down syndrome, one of the most common genetic conditions among newborns, according to the National Down Syndrome Society.

Everyone knows Kenny by name and he welcomes customers with not only a smile, but also with a hug.

It all started with the Special Olympics Torch Run. Kenny traveled to all the Publix stores in the area to raise money.

He was noticed by Publix managers, and that's when he started working for the store.

Despite his disability, Kenny works and brings groceries to customers' cars. If you are a Publix shopper you can tell he absolutely loves every minute of his job.

If you would like to donate to the Special Olympics Torch Run, you can do so at your local Publix. Since 1994, the grocery store has raised more than $22.5 million for the Special Olympics.

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