Acts of Kindness
Woman pays for stranger’s groceries and her kindness is returned in a big way
Tracy offered to buy a man's groceries after he realized he didn't have his wallet. Several weeks later, she learned he'd been trying to track her down.
Elijah Chan
12.22.21

One can never underestimate the power of small kindness.

In this day and age, there’s been an unfortunate scarcity of kind gestures. Simple greetings or opening doors for someone are often romanticized so much even if they’re just basic aspects of humanity.

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Fortunately, there are still those who believe in common goodness. Those who will not hesitate to help others without asking for anything in return.

One such woman is Tracy Warshal.

Warshal was in the cash register lines after some last-minute shopping for the day. The Smyrna, Georgia resident was about to check out when she noticed the man behind her.

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Flickr - Mike Mozart

The man looked panicky. He was shuffling around his area seemingly looking for something. When all means were exhausted, the man finally conceded to the fact that he lost his wallet.

It was at that moment where Warshal offered him a gift.

“It would have been more of a headache for him to go out and find his wallet,” Warshal said to ABC News.

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YouTube Screenshot - WSB - TV

So, in a line at Aldi supermarket, two strangers were bound by kindness. Warshal offered to pay for his grocery bill amounting to $7.

She didn’t know who the man was, or what his name was. She didn’t know if it was a scam or a man legitimately in a bind. All Warshal knew was she needed to help.

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The man was extremely grateful.

He asked for her name. Warshal told him her first name and nothing else. The encounter ended uneventfully, but both their hearts were full.

Warshal didn’t think too much about the encounter after that. But what she didn’t know is her seemingly modest gesture would turn into a “payback” she’d never forget.

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Several weeks after the encounter, Warshal had unexpected visitors.

Two people introduced themselves as representatives for The Piedmont Foundation. They were looking for Warshal who was also working for a company affiliated with Piedmont Healthcare.

The representatives informed her that an anonymous donor wanted to make a $10,000 donation under Warshal’s name.

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She was wearing her company shirt the day she paid for the man’s groceries. Paired with a first name, the man she helped knew where to start searching for her.

The man eventually tracked her down in Piedmont.

“Tracy is an angel and proof that kindness and compassion are always inside you,” Piedmont Healthcare’s Vice President of Philanthropy Mendal Bouknight said to ABC.

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The anonymous donor contacted Bouknight about his donation and expressed that it was a way to show his appreciation for Warshal’s gesture.

But the blessings didn’t stop there.

To commemorate the good deed that transpired in the store, Aldi gifted Warshal with free groceries for a year. Not only that, Aldi also matched the man’s donation and gave out another $10,000.

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Warshal never met the man as she respected his wishes to remain anonymous. After all, this isn’t about them, but the simple act that sparks a torrent of kindness.

“I’m just excited that one small little gesture made a huge difference and impact on a lot of people,” Warshal said to ABC News. “I hope it makes people think twice about doing something small to somebody.”

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Watch the video below to see how a small gesture of $7 turned into a $20,000 blessing!

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By Elijah Chan
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Elijah Chan is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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