A woman from Arkansas on Tuesday surprised shoppers at Krogers in Little Rock and North Little Rock in Arkansas after she bought $28,000 worth of groceries for strangers at the two stores.
Ashley Ann Jones, a business owner, said she wanted to give back to fellow community members after seeing too many lines at the food banks on the news amid the pandemic, KARK-TV reported.
“I was like, I’m going to buy groceries,” Jones told the news station.
Joseph Mayo, a store manager at the Kroger store she visited, said that Jones’s efforts were “a great Christmas gift” to the strangers she helped at the grocery store, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Shoppers would “come up and we’d say, ‘Your groceries are paid for,’ and they’d be like ‘Are you serious? Really?'” Mayo told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
According to the report, Jones, 35, who also owns a social media strategy firm, regularly gives back money to the community and was able to distribute $35,000 this year to her followers to help them pay their bills.
“Do what you can where you are,” Jones said, according to KARK-TV.