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Kelowna woman gets hit with unexpected random act of kindness at grocery store

Kelowna resident, Andrea Rasing (left), poses with a lady named Judy who paid her an act of kindness.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Andrea Rasing
September 28, 2021 - 6:00 AM

Kelowna resident Andrea Rasing was enjoying a typical Sunday morning, shopping at a grocery store getting items for the work week ahead.

When she got to the checkout at Extra Foods, Sept. 26, she realized she had forgotten her debit card. She had some cash, but not enough to cover her whole purchase. That’s when something not-so-typical took place.

“I put the most expensive items, including a tub of coconut oil, to the side and asked the teller to ring in the following items to be paid for with cash,” she said. “The lady behind me overheard my conversation and said she wanted to buy the remaining items for me.”

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Rasing said she attempted to resist the act of kindness several times, even asking the good Samaritan for an email so she could e-transfer the funds in return. Eventually, she realized the stranger wasn’t going to take ‘no’ for an answer.

“She said her name was Judy and to pay the act of kindness forward,” Rasing said. “She said everyone needs help sometimes and it isn’t about the money. It takes a bit of an effort to learn to accept things from people, especially strangers.”

Rasing said three rows of shoppers were watching the scene.

Judy wouldn’t give Rasing her contact information, however, she did stop to pose for a selfie.

“In such a challenging time when people in our society are so divided, this beautiful angel reminded me there are still many wonderful caring people out there,” Rasing said. “With everything going on right now there was no judgement of one another, it’s about going back to the very basics of being kind and helping someone. I think I needed that. It was about the experience.”

Rasing said her expensive coconut oil represents much more than what it is.

“I will think about Judy every time I use it,” Rasing said. "I will definitely be paying this forward.”

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