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John Cena Surprises Veteran By Paying For His Groceries

The pro wrestler and actor is well known for helping others, especially those who have served in the military.



A veteran in Land O'Lakes, FL got a lesson in kindness recently -- and the surprise of his life -- from an unexpected source.

Charles "Bud" Philliips was doing some grocery shopping at a local Publix when he started up a conversation with the man in front of him in the checkout line. The man complimented Phillips' SeaBees hat, a memento from his time in the U.S. Navy.

When it was Phillips' turn to pay for his groceries, the cashier told him that his bill (nearly $100) had been taken care of by the man in front of him.

Turns out, the mystery man who paid for the WWII veteran's groceries was pro wrestler and film actor John Cena. Cena is well-known for his acts of kindness, including covering the costs for a record number of Make-A-Wish requests.

Cena is known for helping others, including covering the costs for Make-A-Wish requests. John Cena/Facebook

After Phillips found out that Cena paid for his groceries, he snapped a quick selfie with him and went on his way.

Later, Phillips' daughter Stephanie shared their sweet exchange on Reddit:

"My dad is a retired Vietnam veteran [and] a widow," Stephanie wrote. "We lost my mom five years ago unexpectedly [after] they were married almost 50 years. So, as you can imagine, not too much these days makes him smile as big as he did in that picture. That's what so special about this moment."

"A simple act of kindness brightened his day," Stephanie's post continued. "Along with his family seeing that smile on his face! He's a stay-home, cook-from-scratch kind of guy. He loves to cook. So, going to the grocery store to gather ingredients is his get-outta-the-house event these days."

We can only imagine how much Cena's gesture meant to Phillips, who has been going through a tough time.

Although, it seems only natural from a man who, in a 2011 interview with WWE.com, said that "every night when I do that salute [in the ring], it's also a sign of respect to the men and women that don the uniform of the Armed Forces."

We salute John Cena for showing that you're never too rich or famous to make a difference, even in a small way.

How can you start something good?

Inspired by John Cena's act of kindness?


Why not take his lead and do what you can to help veterans in your community?


You can help them buy groceries, volunteer at a local veteran's agency (just do an internet search for 'veteran's organizations near me') or donate to organizations that help vets, like The Veteran's Community Project or the Wounded Warrior Project.


Let's be like John Cena and #StartSomethingGood together!

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