PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Early morning customers at a Stop & Shop in Providence got an Easter surprise when they got to the check out counters this morning. An anonymous donor had already picked up the tab for $5,000 worth of groceries.
According to the Cape Cod Times, a man had called the store on Friday and asked how many people typically come in between between 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., which are the hours designated to senior shoppers and those with underlying health conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.
The store's manager said she told the man they usually serve 30 to 40 customers during that time, and the man said he would like to purchase $5,000 worth of Stop & Shop gift cards to cover the cost of peoples' groceries on Easter morning.
The Cape Cod Times says when the Stop & Shop staff were told about the donation, "the mood immediately brightened." They started ringing up shoppers' items, and then they got to break the good news. After learning the groceries were already paid for, several customers were in tears.
The manager said one woman started crying so much because she was so happy that she had a hard time leaving the store. The customer told the manager she had run out of government assistance for groceries, and was about to spend her last dollars on the food.
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