Thank you for the amaz­ing act of kind­ness

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

On June 17, while at the Safe­way in Small­wood Vil­lage, I ex­pe­ri­enced an amaz­ing act of kind­ness and wanted to send my deep­est thanks to the kind lady who helped me.

I am an 86-year-old Korean War vet­eran who was buy­ing some gro­cery items for my wife and me. I un­loaded my cart onto the check­out counter for pay­ment. I then went for my wal­let and sud­denly re­al­ized I had left it at home. I was a bit em­bar­rassed and men­tioned it to the cashier. I told her that I could re­turn the items to their lo­ca­tions and would re­turn with pay­ment. She re­sponded that the items could be placed in the freezer un­til my re­turn.

How­ever, and to my great sur­prise, a very kind and gen­er­ous lady in front of me over­heard our ex­change and of­fered to pay for my gro­ceries. I told her it wasn’t nec­es­sary, but she in­sisted and paid the cashier $27.

I can’t be­gin to tell you how touched and grate­ful I am by this ran­dom act of kind­ness. It’s ob­vi­ous she lives a life of gen­eros­ity and gra­cious pur­pose.

So of­ten to­day we hear about the ways in which peo­ple hurt and abuse each other. This very gen­er­ous act is a bright light of kind­ness we need to see more of. It might have been gen­er­ated by my mil­i­tary war vet­eran hat, but I’ll never know for sure.

I will def­i­nitely pay it for­ward, but I hope the kind woman will see her­self in this let­ter and will take heart in know­ing she is very ap­pre­ci­ated, has had a big im­pact on this vet­eran (and his wife) and will be kept in our prayers.

Ma’am, thank you very much.

Frank Velez, Wal­dorf

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