Act of kindness: Provincetown seniors get free groceries after anonymous donation

PROVINCETOWN, MA — It was an act of kindness by one anonymous Provincetown resident that sent a wave of gratitude throughout the seaside community on Saturday.

According to a Cape Cod manager for Stop and Shop, someone bought $5,000 worth of gift cards in order to pay for customers groceries between 6-7:30 a.m. According to the grocery store, that is when staff holds special hours for seniors and for those who are considered immunocompromised.

“It was a pleasant surprise, especially with Easter tomorrow,” said town resident Christian Charette, who was surprised to see his husband walk in with groceries, free of charge. “We are so grateful to this person for their gifts.”

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Boston 25 News spoke to the store’s general manager, who said she received an outpouring of appreciation. She passed along one thank-you note from a customer that said in part, “Tears of Joy and Gratitude to all!! We will do something today for someone in an effort for us to ‘pay it forward’"

According to a spokesperson for Stop and Shop, the anonymous person expressed interest in donating to customers on Thursday, and then on Friday purchased the large sum of gift cards.

Maria Fruci, Manager and Spokesperson of the chain’s External Communications & Community Relations, said the following in a statement to Boston 25:

“The generous shopper wanted to make a meaningful contribution. The shopper was very thankful to our Provincetown team for being on the front lines and keeping our communities fed. We are grateful to have such caring customers and associates. Their commitment inspires us every day!”