Several shoppers arriving to the Moberly Aldi grocery store April 18 were greeted by a Good Samaritan. He was handing out $100 bills.
Katie Redifer was one of the benefactors. She received her $100 at about 11:30 a.m. The man was wearing a U.S. Marine Corps veterans cap during her initial shopping trip, she said. She returned at 1:20 p.m. having forgot some items on her shopping list. She also wanted to give the man a gift if he was still there.
"When I first came and he handed me the money, I thought this might be a hoax or something like that," Redifer said. "He told me he wanted to spread some good cheer. He handed me the bill, telling me to make sure I had enough to feed my family."
When Redifer finished her first shopping trip after receiving the donation she said she cried.
"This was a true blessing and made my day," she said.
The Good Samaritan is a regular store customer Aldi Shift Manager Kayla Vanderbeck said. He is a Randolph County resident but was not able to be reached for comment.
Vanderbeck saw the man greeting patrons when she arrived for her shift at about 12:45 p.m.
"[The Good Samaritan] may not have recognized me because I had not put on my work clothes yet when he approached me wanting to give me a $100 bill," she said. "He had several in his hand and was giving them out to customers. He told me to use the money to buy some groceries. I want to help people today."
The Samaritan planned to give out $5,000 Wednesday, she said. While Vanderbeck works at Aldi, the man still insisted on giving her one of the $100 bills.
"There were some happy and very thankful customers shopping in our store," she said. "Some were questioning if the money was real. We had one of our cashiers verify some of the $100 bills and they were real."
The kind gesture also brightened Huntsville resident Leanne Linneman's day, despite not accepting the gift.
"The good thing that man was doing is worth more than $100 I think," she said. "So many people were happy and seemed to have their spirits lifted."
Most people seem to have sad expressions when going to grocery stores due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she said.
"I chose not to accept his money, giving him a chance to give it someone else who might really be in need of it," Linneman said. "This makes me very happy to see some good happening at a time like this."
The Good Samaritan also visited the Christos Center Food Pantry Wednesday making $500 donation, Administrator Carma Smith said.
Other random acts of kindness took place this week.
Don's Restaurant in Huntsville and Lucky's Last Resort Restaurant in Moberly gave $10 vouchers Tuesday to some medical personnel at Moberly Regional Medical Center for carry-out meals.
AK's Gun & Ammo in Moberly chose to support Shady Tuesday's Bar & Grill on Thursday by offering to pay up to $12 for a lunch Thursday for the first 30 patrons.