Over the weekend, we received an e-mail from a gentleman from Ohio, who shared this; we thought it was important enough to share with you: We had left Charleston and drove to the Piggly Wiggly grocery store on John's Island. As we approached the grocery entry doors, we were met by a gentleman who handed me what appeared to be a small greeting card and a red plastic card with a white Piggly Wiggly logo on it. He said, "Merry Christmas" and walked on. We said Merry Christmas and thank you, but really did not understand what had just transpired. We looked at what appeared to be a gift card when we got inside the store. I thought, I bet this is a joke. So we shopped for about ten minutes and then went to the checkout. When it was time to pay for our groceries, my wife kiddingly asked the cashier if the card had any value. She said, "Yes, it is worth $50.00!" We quickly told her our story and discovered that it was not a store promotion. We realized that a total stranger had committed a deed of kindness. I rushed outside to give the money back to the man so he could give it to someone more needy but he was no where to be found. I returned to the store and found the cashier and another customer very excited about our good fortune. We now plan to give the money to a charity.....pay it forward. However, I feel so blessed to have been a part of a stranger's act of kindness. It has reassured me that while the world seems cruel and senseless at times, there is still good and kindness in this world. What a great Christmas gift!
PS: This incident reinforces our belief that their are many kind, friendly and loving citizens that live in the Charleston area. It is one of the reasons we have visited the area often for the past 30+ years. The local citizens should be extremely proud to call this area home.