Single mum grateful for kind act
A single mother of twin four-yearolds says she was left speechless by the generosity of a stranger on Australia Day.
Bobby-Lee Martin was at the checkout of Rigter’s IGA buying groceries with her daughters when she realised she was a few dollars short and would have to return some items.
But before Ms Martin could do anything, a stranger in his 50s approached her.
“He just walked up behind me and force fed me a $10 note then left with no further words,” she said.
Unbeknown to Ms Martin, it was only the first of several kind deeds to come.
“I left the shop and then just around the corner a car stopped and he jumped out and he gave me $30,” she said.
“He told me ‘it’s all in the spirit of Australia Day’.”
Ms Martin said she was left speechless and the good Samaritan was gone before she could say anything.
“I just thought, ‘what an Aussie gem’,” she said.
A few hours later Ms Martin was at home when she received a knock on the door. When she opened it, she was surprised to see the same man.
“He told me, ‘I’ve just gotten a few things for your kids’, then he went back to his car and started getting out bags of groceries, but he wouldn’t even walk near my front door again,” Ms Martin said.
It was only when she found the receipt in a plastic bag that she realised the groceries amounted to $140.
Ms Martin said she did not think it suspicious that the man knew where she lived.
“I live in the centre of town so locals know where I live; they see me coming and going from my house,” she said.
“I’m just assuming he had seen us around shopping, getting dribs and drabs, and thought that he’d help a local single mum out.
“I just want to express my thanks. You just don’t see that kind of thing often enough and it was just really honourable for him to do that.
“I didn’t even remember to ask the fella his name.”
Bobby-Lee Martin was left speechless by the kind actions of a stranger on Australia Day.