“You Can’t Take It with You”

On 29 June 2014, Katie Kanefke wanted to buy four boxes of diapers, but the Walmart in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, would not match a competitor’s price. She was ready to put three boxes of diapers back on the shelves, but stranger Carol Flynn, age 73, used her credit card to pay $120 for all four boxes. Ms. Flynn said, “Diapers are for babies and babies are on my heart. We’re always concerned about moms and healthy babies.” She added, “You can’t take it with you. I just think we should do things like that. That’s kind of my thinking.” Ms. Kanefke, a stay-at-home mother who is married to Jimmy Kanefke, with whom she had their four-month-old son, Marcus, said, “I couldn’t believe it. I was shocked. I kept saying ‘thank you’ and ‘God bless you.’ Then I walked out in the parking lot and started crying. It just hit me. It was an awesome statement of what God’s love does. If you ever needed a sign or act that shows God cares for his people and provides for them, this is it.” Shopper Jason Yoshino, who filmed the good deed and uploaded it on Facebook, said, “Me and my wife were stunned. You hear about those things, but you don’t see them in real life. Everybody has a camera phone, and they’re recording everything. [Still,] you don’t see something like that every day in life. It definitely touched a chord with me. I always try to inspire others, and I’m a huge advocate of uplifting and changing the world. I’ll never forget it, to be honest with you.”

For More Information: “Paying it forward: Shopper, 73, buys $120 worth of diapers for cash-strapped new mom next to her in the Walmart queue.” Daily Mail (UK). 2 July 2014


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