Erin Bennett a mom of four kids, ranging in age from nine years to five months, went to Target in Bristow, Virginia. She went in expecting to want EVERYTHING in the store as we women do, but what she didn't expect was that a kind stranger would buy her those things that she wanted so badly but couldn't afford.
Bennett had her two youngest kids with her when she went in to grab some necessities. Along the way, she couldn't resist the pumpkin spice candle and some makeup for herself. You always end up with a little extra at Target. This has happened to me too many times. You get to the checkout line and the Target employee starts to ring you up. Pretty soon you hit your budget and have to put some things back. Have you been there? Well, that's what happened to Erin on this day; she realized she was over her budget, so she asked the cashier if she could put some of the items back.
That's when the man behind her stepped up and said he would pay for them. The two had struck up a conversation in line, beforehand, “I said I couldn’t let him do that, but he insisted and said, ‘You deserve something for yourself.’ Then the cashier grabbed the items and let the man swipe his card before I could say no again,” she says. “I’m going to give you a squishy baby hug. Is that okay? I had my baby strapped to my chest and I gave him a quick hug,” she adds.
What the stranger didn’t know was that Bennett has postpartum depression, and she uses scent as a way to boost her mood, so the pumpkin spice candle was extra special for her. “I was diagnosed with postpartum when my second child was seven months old,” she says. “My doctor mentioned making sure to take a little time for myself to do something nice for myself — like making sure I get my shower every evening, alone without a kid with me. And I like to use scent, I’m huge on scent, it totally boosts my mood.”
“To the man in line behind me at the Gainesville Target, who saw that after hitting my grocery budget limit I decided to put back my Pumpkin Spice candle and the makeup I had picked out,” she wrote. “You didn’t know that I always save my stuff for last and usually end up putting it back. You didn’t know that the two fussy kids I had with me, were only two out of four. You didn’t know that I have postpartum depression from the youngest baby and that I use scent as a way to boost my mood.”
“You saw me as human, not just the mom in front of you that was distracted and going way too slow. You heard me say that I’d like to put those items back and you said you were getting them. You didn’t take no for an answer,” she continued. “You told me I deserved it when I started to tear up."
“You Sir, are the good in the world. You made my day, probably my week, and I WILL pay it forward. Thank you so much for your kind heart and words.” Since posting it on Facebook, it has received almost 8,000 likes and 3,000 shares. “I haven’t found him,” she said. “He either doesn’t have social media or he’s actually an angel.” What a great man!