Stories of Kindness from Around the World

No Cart Needed

--by crosby2126, posted Jul 7, 2013
I ran into a local store today to pick up a few things.  It was a quick errand, so I didn't take a cart on my way inside.  

As I walked around the aisles, I passed by a young couple and their baby. I continued through the store, grabbed the few items I needed, and ended up standing behind this couple in the checkout line.
While waiting, I noticed that the young father was clutching his money and nervously watching each transaction on the register. The young mother was cradling the baby in her arms and asked the cashier for a job application. 

When the total was rung up, they had to pick items out of their cart because they didn't have enough money. But all their items were basic necessities. It just broke my heart to witness the couple attempt to figure out what they could do without. Somehow ,they managed to whittle down their items and paid the bill with the money that they had.

After they left, I quietly asked the cashier to please add those items to mine. The cashier rang everything up, and then got me a shopping cart. We put in their items and I hurried over to their car.
"This is for you," I told them.

The young father just looked at me with such gratitude and thanked me. I will never forget the expression in his eyes.  As I was getting into my car, they drove over. The young mother said, "Miss, thank you so much."

My eyes welled up with tears-- as they are again now, while I write this.  "You are so welcome. Pay it forward some day," I replied.
"We will."
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Readers Comments

miller wrote: I feel exact the same as deblittlebear wrote: you are a blessing, one of god's angels.
Seor wrote: The people who are shopping don't have enough money is quite common in our life, but they didn't have enough money for the basic necessities, and your help had a big meaning for them. We will pass on the kindness.
Diane wrote: What a wonderful thing to do. Brought tears to my eyes. There should be more be like you in this world. God bless you!
RMB333 wrote: You are wonderful! Untold blessings!
Nora-Ann wrote: Love its the best nora thank you for that.
Deblittlebear wrote: You are a blessing. One of god's angels. And i know you could write thousands of stories about those you've been a blessing too including me. Love you and god bless you!
Percy wrote: "be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. " -hebrews 13:2 this message is exactly what you practiced! What a beautiful example of god and kindness you showed.
Percy wrote: Your story warmed my heart. God bless you! "it is in giving that we receive. " -st. Francis of assisi
muckel wrote: How beautiful! It is like a sunray in the dark!
sisip wrote: Bless you. You are truly a kindred heart and if you believe in so, live an afterlife and keep sharing your kindness.

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