A Winnipeg woman is sharing a kind deed done for her by strangers and it's proven to be just the good news people need to hear right now.
"I went shopping for some groceries at St. Leon's Garden Market and I'd taken my two-year-old son with me. We picked up all our stuff, we're waiting in line and just as I was about to approach the till I all of a sudden realize that I don't have my wallet," says Janessa Nayler-Giesbrecht, the youth and young adults pastor at the Fort Garry MB Church in Winnipeg.
Going outside their home isn't something Nayler-Giesbrecht does too much of these days with her toddler. She took him as a nice outing, which was turning out to be more of a hassle on the long weekend.
"We don't live that far away so I was calculating my plan. I walked up to the til and turned to the grocery person and said 'Can we just bag all of this? I forgot my wallet and I'll be back in 15 minutes.' He said yes."
Yet that's not where Nayler-Giesbrecht's story ends.
To the couple who insisted on paying for my groceries when I realized I forgot my wallet at the St. Leons checkout with Lincoln in tow: I so badly needed that tangible reminder that people are looking out for each other. I cried on the way home from relief.— Janessa mask&vaxx NG (@janessa_allison) September 6, 2021
"This couple next to me just said 'We would love to help you out.' I was so flustered in that moment because, for whatever reason, sometimes it's just hard to accept help without wanting to be able to return anything."
While she tried to protest the couple paying for all her groceries, they were persistent.
"Finally I just said yes, thank you. I started to try and offer an e-transfer and they said 'absolutely not. We will not let you do that.'"
It turns out that the husband that paid for Nayler-Giesbrecht's groceries is a well-known Winnipegger, and many people have likely cheered him on many times. However, Nayler-Giesbrecht had no idea at the time. She was simply struck by the kindness of a stranger and took to social media to share the encouraging encounter.
"The thing that got me the most was, on the drive home I was thinking about how discouraged I felt lately with how polarized our world is and how harshly people are speaking to one another. It was just this moment that people are looking out for other people and I was quite emotional on my drive home."
Most Manitobans would know the name of the generous people, however, Nayler-Giesbrecht is hoping to respect their privacy.
"Whether the couple was prominent or not, they provided a lot of hope and that is the thing that I would like to highlight. Hopefully, they hear it and know that I'm really grateful."
Thousands of others have been grateful for the dose of good news. Nayler-Giesbrecht's Facebook and Twitter posts have over 1,000 reactions combined as well as dozens of retweets and shares.