Stranger’s kindness leaves Iowa mother in tears after she forgets wallet at grocery store

A stranger paid for our groceries today. All $178.86 worth of baby food and deli meat and milk and veggies…. paid forward in check stand 11. It was the most incredible generosity I've ever experienced in my life. After a day of pms-ing, and dealing with boys who love me so but just DONT get it, I took a "break" at the market with just one kid – the one that doesn't talk back (yet) – and after feeding him teething crackers to get through the trip, I placed all our items on the belt, handed the cashier our reusable bags, and turned around to a sudden panic while fumbling around my wallet-less diaper bag. Holding my forehead in despair with one hand, I called my husband with the other and pleaded for him to teleport my wallet to me in that moment, when I heard her behind me. "Keep ringing everything up, I'll take care of it." I whipped around in absolute disbelief and shook my head. I glanced at the screen at an unfinished subtotal of $70 and whipped around, thankful, but insistent that it was just way too expensive. "Seriously, don't worry about it, I need to do something for the holidays. Merry Christmas, enjoy" she told me, with insistence stronger than mine. I felt my eyes welling up with joyful, humbled, grateful tears. This is the stuff you read about that makes you smile, but when it's real life, YOUR reality? You changed my life today, ma'am. This moment is now forever engrained in my heart, and every thanksgiving I'm bringing YOUR love to my table. Thank you, from the peaks to the depths of my heart. Thank you ❤️✌🏼️🙏🏼✨❤️ #payitforward #kindness #humbled #bekind #bethechange #thanksgiving #thankful #happyholidays #generosity #thankyou

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — An Iowa mother says it was the “most incredible generosity” she’s ever witnessed.

Danielle Vinson, 29, took her 9-month-old son to a grocery store last week, placed all of their items on the checkout and then realized she didn’t have her wallet. She began to call her husband at home to ask him to bring her wallet, but the woman in line behind her said she’d take care of the bill.

“Keep ringing everything up. I’ll take care of it,” the woman said, according to Vinson’s Instagram post.

4 Fast Facts

  • Mother driven to tears after stranger pays for groceries
  • She’d left her wallet at home and was having a bad day
  • The stranger said she’d take care of it and paid nearly $200 grocery bill
  • The Iowa mother said the woman wished her a merry Christmas

Vinson shook her head and told the woman it was too much; after all, Vinson was buying groceries for a week or two. The subtotal was already reading $70 and Vinson had several more items left.

“Seriously, don’t worry about it. I need to do something for the holidays. Merry Christmas, enjoy.”

The woman didn’t accept any money from Vinson in return and wouldn’t tell her how she could pay her back. The total ended up being $178.86.

“I felt my eyes welling up with joyful, humbled, grateful tears. This is the stuff you read about that makes you smile, but when it’s real life, YOUR reality? You changed my life today, ma’am,” Vinson wrote about the experience. “This moment is now forever ingrained in my heart, and every Thanksgiving I’m bringing YOUR love to my table.”

Vinson said the experience is something she’ll never forget. She also plans to pay it forward by paying for drinks for other people standing in line at Starbucks.