Next Time, Instead of Judging, Give a Helping Hand; You Never Know How You Can Change Someone’s Life

Next Time, Instead of Judging, Give a Helping Hand

There but for the grace of…

An act of genuine compassion goes a long, long way. In fact, it can be life changing.

$17.38 may not sound like a lot to pay for someone stuck at the counter in a grocery store. But when the EBT machine didn’t work, and “Andrea” had no cash on hand, this act of kindness was on par with handing her a million bucks.

In a poignant blog post Andrea shows gratitude to the stranger who paid her grocery bill.

“To the Woman Behind Me in Line at the Grocery Store,” posted on March 19, was republished by the Huffington Post on Thursday. In it, the woman, who identifies herself only as Andrea, thanks an unknown fellow shopper for paying for her groceries, which totaled just $17.38, after being faced with an out-of-service EBT machine and an empty wallet. Her tale has captured public empathy, with many readers commenting with supportive sentiments and even job offers. “I am overwhelmed. I am humbled. I am awed,” she tells Yahoo Shine about the positive response. “I am also amazed. I am honored that people trust me with their stories. I am pleased that the vast majority are taking this as it is intended: to be blessed and to bless.”

In her post, which is composed like a letter, she writes, “Dear woman behind me in line at the grocery store. You don’t know me. You have no clue what my life has been like since October 1, 2013. You have no clue that my family has gone through the wringer. You have no clue that we have faced unbelievable hardship. You have no clue we have been humiliated, humbled, destitute.” But, she continues, “You didn’t judge me. You didn’t snarl, ‘Maybe you should have less kids.’ You didn’t say, ‘Well, get a job and learn to support yourself.’ You didn’t look away in embarrassment or shame for me. You didn’t make any assumptions at all.”

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