Good Deeds

Tyler Perry Surprises Seniors By Paying For Their Groceries

Wait until you see the sweet way people reacted to the media mogul's most recent 'random act of kindness.'

With concerns about the coronavirus keeping people cooped up in much of the country, some folks are stepping up in a big way to bring some kindness to their communities.

That includes media mogul Tyler Perry, who surprised shoppers this morning by paying their tabs when they went to check out at 73 grocery stores in Atlanta, where he lives now, and Louisiana, where he grew up.

Perry is well-known for his generosity, especially for people in his current hometown of Atlanta, GA. @alfabeto

The Random Act of Kindness (RAOK) took place on Wednesday morning during the early shopping hours that many stores have established to give seniors and other people who are at high risk of catching the virus a chance to shop while avoiding crowds.

Perry paid grocery tabs for customers at 73 stores in Atlanta and Louisiana. @BrendanKeefe

Shoppers were given paper slips when they entered the stores that read, "Random Act of Kindness," and were told to hand them to the cashiers when they checked out. Once the cashiers rang up the goods, they told people that their tabs had been paid in full.

While the shoppers didn't know the identity of the person who paid for their groceries at first, it was soon revealed that Perry was the one behind the good deed.

The shoppers from various locations shared their gratitude on social media, including a retired school teacher from New Orleans who wrote, "Retired NOLA public school teacher who can't THANK YOU enough for your RAOK this morning at the grocery!!! It means SO much!!! #Gratefulforyourthoughtfulness"

People didn't find out until they got to the checkout that their orders had been paid for.@BrendanKeefe

"We would like to join our customers in thanking Mr. Perry for his kindness and generosity during this unprecedented pandemic," said Felix Turner, the corporate affairs manager for Kroger's Atlanta Division in a statement. "It was truly a pleasure to see our customers fill with joy and gratitude as the news spread throughout 44 stores across Metro Atlanta."

Shoppers took to social media to thank Perry for his good deed. @BrendanKeefe

Perry is well-known for his acts of kindness. Just last week he gave a tip of $21,000 to support the out-of-work staff of one of his favorite restaurants in Atlanta.

Kudos to Perry for bringing joy to his community during a time of crisis. We're sure it brought a lot of smiles to people who needed it most.


How can you start something good?

Inspired by Tyler Perry's generous act of charity?

You might not be able to buy groceries for an entire store of shoppers, but you can help in smaller ways.

The next time you do a shop, why not stop and see if your elderly neighbors need anything? Or, you can just drop off some supplies on their doorstep to make sure they're well-stocked.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together.

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