Paying it forward: Massachusetts customer buys $3,000 worth of groceries for senior shoppers

A customer bought thousands of dollars of groceries for surprised shoppers Friday at a grocery store in Massachusetts.The person, who wants to remain anonymous, bought $3,000 worth of Hannaford gift cards to pay customers’ grocery bills during the store’s special shopping hours set aside for senior citizens. Seven days a week, the first hour of shopping at Hannaford is reserved for customers at the most risk to COVID19 — those 60 and older and shoppers with compromised immune systems.Dave DeJohn, Hannaford director of operations, said Townsend is a small community with a big heart.The anonymous donor approached a store employee a little over a week ago wanting to help.“To have somebody come in through these unprecedented times and be so generous and think of our seniors first — it was just amazing. I couldn’t be more thankful to be a small part of this community and see that happen,” he said.Customers were shocked by the person’s generosity.”I’m shaking and I’m going to cry,” customer Deb Matthews said. “Thank you, thank you thank you. The gesture is fabulous. It’s wonderful. It’s so appreciative, and there are so many people in the community that are hurting, and I hope that they’re all here right now.”Customer Jim Karam said he picked the right time to shop.“It’s good to have good things happen every now and then. There hasn’t been much good going on so it’s good,” he said.Some customers who received free groceries then purchased gift cards for the store to give to other shoppers.

A customer bought thousands of dollars of groceries for surprised shoppers Friday at a grocery store in Massachusetts.

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The person, who wants to remain anonymous, bought $3,000 worth of Hannaford gift cards to pay customers’ grocery bills during the store’s special shopping hours set aside for senior citizens.

Seven days a week, the first hour of shopping at Hannaford is reserved for customers at the most risk to COVID19 — those 60 and older and shoppers with compromised immune systems.

Dave DeJohn, Hannaford director of operations, said Townsend is a small community with a big heart.

The anonymous donor approached a store employee a little over a week ago wanting to help.

“To have somebody come in through these unprecedented times and be so generous and think of our seniors first — it was just amazing. I couldn’t be more thankful to be a small part of this community and see that happen,” he said.

Customers were shocked by the person’s generosity.

“I’m shaking and I’m going to cry,” customer Deb Matthews said. “Thank you, thank you thank you. The gesture is fabulous. It’s wonderful. It’s so appreciative, and there are so many people in the community that are hurting, and I hope that they’re all here right now.”

Customer Jim Karam said he picked the right time to shop.

“It’s good to have good things happen every now and then. There hasn’t been much good going on so it’s good,” he said.

Some customers who received free groceries then purchased gift cards for the store to give to other shoppers.