Grateful father offers thanks

A FATHER-of-two says he was shocked but grateful after a stranger paid for his groceries last week.

The Spring Gully resident, who does not wished to be named, said he was waiting in line at the checkout of a supermarket at Lansell Plaza when a woman started talking to him. 

"She saw I had boxes of nappies and wipes, and asked if I had children," he said. 

"I told her yes and she said, 'It must be tough'.

"I said, "Yes, it is tough but that's life - we get through it'."

He said the woman then told him she wanted to pay for his groceries.

"They cost $220," he said. 

"I couldn't believe it. I was shocked.

"I told her no but then she kept on insisting, so I let her."

The father said he was overwhelmed but grateful for the woman's generosity and kind heart.

He said he and his wife struggled with the cost of raising their young children, paying off their mortgage and keeping up with day-to-day living expenses. 

"It's challenge," he said. 

"We get really stressed at times. But that is just life and you keep on going."

The father said his family were kind people, who liked to help out various organisations and charities. 

He said his wife volunteered with Loddon Mallee Kids and the family regularly donated to St Vincent's and the Salvation Army. 

"Stuff like this never happens to us," he said. 

"We are so, so grateful to this lady and just want to thank her again and again."

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