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Elderly Kamloops couple pays it forward after stranger picks up grocery tab

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May 03, 2020 - 12:00 PM

An embarrassing credit card mix-up has led to a chain reaction of good deeds for an elderly Kamloops couple.

Susan Dixie lives in Chetwynd and says she got a call from her mother explaining the anonymous kindness from a stranger who picked up their $130 grocery tab at the Valleyview Save On Foods on April 28.

“My parents are seniors in their 70s and they both have heart conditions so they’re at quite high risk for COVID. They are staying in isolation and my brother had been getting their groceries for them, but he had to go back to work to help with the flooding,” Dixie says.

The couple’s 17-year-old granddaughter offered to buy their groceries and essentials.

“They made a list and gave her their credit card with their pin and unfortunately there was a mix-up. They gave her the wrong pin so when she went to the store and got all the groceries on the list, she went up to the till and was unable to pay for them,” Dixies says. “The gentleman behind her in line who only had a couple of things, he said, 'Don’t worry about it, just take those groceries to your car and I’ll take care of it.'"

Dixie says the teen first refused the generous offer, but the mystery man encouraged her to take the groceries out to the car and pay the good deed forward.

The girl did so, and then went back into the store to get the man’s name, as she figured her grandparents would like to pay him back and thank him.

“When she went back in, he was gone,” Dixie says.

Dixie says her mother shocked that a stranger would pick up their tab. She says her parents are humble people who are using this encounter as an opportunity to do some good for others in the community.

“They want to stay anonymous, they’re OK with him staying anonymous, they just want to put it out there that they are really grateful and they will be paying it forward,” Dixie says. “They’ve decided what they’d like to do is they’re donating the $130 to the Kamloops Food Bank.”

Dixie says the interaction has left a positive impact on her teenage niece, her elderly parents and herself. She hopes that this moment of kindness will inspire others to connect and help one another.

“At a time when there’s so much bad news and people are having a hard time it's stories like this that really important because it brings us closer together in our humanity,” Dixie says. “I think it's a beautiful thing and I’d like to see it fan the fire of kindness and have it spread like wildfire.” 

This story was originally published April 30.

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