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Spreading Kindness and Compassion on Ridgefield Stop & Shop Grocery Line

The fruit of love is service, which is compassion in action 

 - Mother Theresa

Frank, a Ridgefield Meals on Wheels kitchen volunteer, was touched by the kindness of a stranger he met while grocery shopping in Ridgefield.

Today, Frank went to Stop & Shop, gathering some items he needed as well as groceries so the Meals on Wheels (MOW) staff could prepare meals for Ridgefield residents in need. When it was his turn to check out, Frank explains, "I told the cashier that the first of the groceries were for myself and I handed her my credit card. Then, I told her that the second-order was for MOW's and I would be charging those groceries on a different credit card."

Unbeknownst to Frank, the woman standing in line behind him heard the request he made to the cashier.  “When I was about to enter the card into the machine, a woman who was behind me, gently pushed me aside and handed the cashier her credit card and said, Allow me.”

Frank, touched by her kindness, thanked her for this heartfelt gesture but told her it was not necessary. “She insisted that she pay for the groceries and entered her credit card, without even knowing the cost,” he explains.

“I told her how appreciative MOW's was for her kindness and she said, Don't mention it, Merry Christmas. I also asked for her name, but she preferred to be anonymous,” he said. 

A random act of kindness ... from a complete stranger. Thank you to MOW for sharing this story and reminding us of the true meaning of the season. 

What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.

 -How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Dr. Seuss

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