Mary realized she’d lost her wallet as she was trying to buy groceries. Mark, however, was kind enough to pay for her stuff. Sometime later, Mary and her daughter learned that Mark’s grandmother needed expensive surgery, so they decided to act, shocking the poor kid.
“Oh, geez. I must have forgotten my wallet in John’s car. I’m so sorry. I’ll have to come back for these things later,”Mary said this to the cashier who began taking the items and returning them. Mary closed her purse and prepared to walk when the boy next to her in line spoke up.
“Wait, ma’am. You don’t have many things anyway. I’ll pay for them,”He laughed. He couldn’t be older than 12, and Mary noticed that he didn’t look particularly well-off.
Mary realized she’d forgotten her wallet at the register. | Source: Shutterstock
“Oh, no. I couldn’t put you out like that,”Mary retorted.
“I insist, ma’am. Sometimes, we have to do good things, and karma will reward us later, right? That’s what my grandmother says all the time,”The boy said that he would place his little things on the belt, and pay for everything Mary had ordered. It was not much, but it was enough.
Mary’s daughter, Anastacia, was sick with the flu. Mary, a San Diego resident, decided to travel to Santa Ana, California to be with her daughter Anastacia, who was ill with the flu. Her husband was on a business trip to Europe and needed her to look after them. John, her friend had driven her up and it appears that she forgot her wallet.
After getting their groceries, Mary and her child went outside. “Hey, I’m Mary Cummings. What’s your name?”She spoke casually.
Mark claimed it wasn’t a big deal, and he left. Source: Pexels | Source: Pexels
“Thank you so much for what you did, Mark. It saved me a trip to the store. Listen, how about you give me your phone number so I can pay you back as soon as I get my wallet,”Mary suggested that the child write down his number on the receipt.
“Here, but don’t worry about it. There’s no rush. I live nearby anyway,”Mark made the comment offhandedly.
“Although I also believe in paying it forward like you and your grandma, we have to pay off our debts,”Mary continued, and they said their goodbyes.
She got home and told Anastacia about leaving her wallet in John’s car and the kid at the store who paid for her things. Mary only went there to buy a few things for chicken noodle soup, so it wasn’t anything important. “Still, it was nice to see a young man being so kind,” Mary finished her story while storing things and getting ready to make the soup.
“I agree. Although kids today are all so progressive, some of them can be pretty self-centered,” Anastacia.
They went to Mark’s home.Source: Pexels | Source: Pexels
“I don’t think this kid comes from a rich family, though. Maybe that’s why he’s so nice. But anyway, I’m worried that he might need that money urgently,”The older woman continued. Luckily, she called John, who agreed to come up to Santa Ana the following day and return her wallet.
Mary and Anastacia rang at the bell at Mark’s address. Earlier, John came up, gave Mary her wallet, and Mary called the kid to return the money. He gave Mary his address and they were standing right in front of the house.
It was old and small. It was small and old, but it looked good. The garden was well maintained. It was clear that these people didn’t have a lot of money, but they took pride in keeping it pretty. Mark answered the door.
“Hello, Mrs. Cummings,”Mark said it when he opened the front doors.
“Hey, Mark! This is my daughter, Anastacia. Here’s your money. Again, thank you so much for everything,”Mary smiled kind words at him.
“Thank you. You didn’t have to hurry,”The boy responded and looked behind him for a second. “Listen, I would invite you in, but I’m not supposed to have anyone over. My grandma would be mad.”
Mark claimed that his grandmother was present at the hospital.Source: Pexels | Source: Pexels
“Oh, where is she? Maybe, we can come later to meet her. Does she like pecan pie? Because we’re going to the bakery right now,” Anastacia added happily.
“Well, she’s actually at the hospital and won’t get out for a while,”Mark explained the situation with a frown. Mary and Anastacia wanted more so he continued. “She needs a huge surgery, and I started a GoFundMe, but I’ve been trying to promote it. It’s not that popular. For now, the hospital has understood, and they are keeping her in observation while I raise the money.”
“Oh, sweetie. You shouldn’t have to do that on your own,” Anastacia said, concerned.
“We don’t have anyone else. It’s only us,”Mark shrugged. Mary and Anastacia looked at their fellows and reached a mutually agreeable decision.
“Give me the link to the GoFundMe, and your grandmother’s name. Also, come with us to the bakery. We’ll go visit her and see if the doctor lets her eat some pie,”Mary offered it, but it was more of an demand.
“Are you sure? You don’t have to.”
“We have to,”Anastacia insisted and Mark went along with them. Source: Pexels
Anastacia posted about him online. | Source: Pexels
After buying some pies, they went to the hospital to meet Mark’s grandmother, Mrs. Julie Strada. After talking for a while, Mark decided that he would stay with her that evening, so Mary and Anastacia went home.
Anastacia shared the GoFundMe URL with everyone she knew and also donated a few hundred bucks. Mary was so helpless. “They need so much money for this surgery. I don’t know if sharing the link is enough,”She breathed in sorrow.
“Let’s think,”Anastacia said this while looking at her computer. “How about we share the story of the boy? I mean how he helped you, although they need the money so much. I mean, he couldn’t know you were going to pay it back. Maybe it could go viral? Let’s try Reddit.”
“That’s a one-in-a-million thing, Anastacia,”Mary was skeptical.
“We’ll see,”The younger woman smiled and began writing about everything on Reddit. It was posted on various subreddits as well as her Twitter.
The story was picked up by a news outlet.Source: Pexels | Source: Pexels
Although there were initially only a few people commenting, thousands of people read the story and donated within a few days. They still needed a lot more donations to reach the goal of $230,000, which was the cost of Mrs. Strada’s entire treatment.
Surprisingly, however, a well-known outlet shared the story and interviewed Mary and Mark to write their article. They were delighted when their GoFundMe goal was exceeded. Mark couldn’t believe it. He had paid $20 for what Mrs. Cummings needed from the store. But she found a way to repay him and even more.
What can we take away from this story?
- Giving back can make a difference in your life. Mark was able to help an elderly lady in the shop, but he didn’t realize how much she would want to repay him for his kindness.
- There are still many good people in the world. Tons of viral stories have gotten people enough donations to pay for their family members and even their pets’ treatments, which proves how good people can be.
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