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Woman pays $5 for stranger’s food. A year later she receives the most heartwarming message from him

Life is a beautiful journey, but also an unfathomable struggle that leaves many, if not most, people as weary travelers. In situations like these, random acts of kindness can often have a huge impact. For one person, their generous act came back in the form of a heartfelt text message.

Representative image source: Pexels |  Karolina Grabowska
Representative image source: Pexels | Karolina Grabowska

A woman who goes by u/rare_cranberry_9454 on Reddit recently uploaded a post to the r/MadeMeSmile community. In the post she revealed: “A year ago someone asked for food on the freecycle.” Freecycle is a non-profit organization of approximately 9 million people who give and receive free stuff in their city. “I sent the equivalent of $5. Today, a year later, I get this,” she added.

Representative image source: Pexels |  Polina Zimmerman
Representative image source: Pexels | Polina Zimmerman

Under the caption, the woman shared a screenshot of a text exchange. It was a conversation between her and the stranger, who was an assistant part-time teacher. “Good morning, I am truly grateful for what you did for me,” the stranger had texted. “Today I am an honors student and assistant part-time lecturer, even though my income is still low. I’m here to tell you that if I’m okay, I’ll never forget you.”

Image source: Reddit |  u/Rare_Cranberry_9454
Image source: Reddit | u/Rare_Cranberry_9454

When the woman received the text, she went through a rollercoaster of emotions. The simple but heartwarming message made her emotional. “Oh my god, that brought me to tears. I don’t even know what I did,” she texted back. The stranger replied, “You may have thought it was a small amount, but for me it made a huge difference that day.” The woman was praised by hundreds of people in the comments section. Several others shared their personal experiences of feeling touched by someone’s kind gesture or a supportive hand in a time of need.

u/jobex remembered years ago when a bakery gave them a pack of free cookies because they couldn’t afford the cookies as a student. “I have never forgotten their kindness. You do remember small acts of kindness when you are in need,” they noted. u/Wildrabbitz said: “Sometimes we have no idea how a small gesture can have such a big impact on someone’s life. The fact that she remembered your gesture and wanted to contact you to thank you is truly wonderful. To this, u/rare_cranberry_9454 replied: ‘I know, right? I don’t even remember that money and a year later he came back to thank me. I had to cry!”

Image source: Reddit |  u/shazey89
Image source: Reddit |u/shazey89

“A small act of kindness for you can make a big difference for someone else,” u/wrkrsrvltn proclaimed. Another Redditor, u/elvensnowfae, shared an experience of overdosing as a teenager and having to spend the night in intensive care: “There was a birthday party that day for someone on staff, a nurse gave me some pizza and cake that night . . So sweet. More than twenty years later I still remember that. Thanks for helping someone OP.”

Image source: Reddit |  u/svh01973
Image source: Reddit | u/svh01973

u/I_drive_a_shitbox was reminded of an anecdote: “My grandparents always said ‘today you, tomorrow me’ about helping people. You never know when you might find yourself in the same scenario. Life is a journey.”

Image source: Reddit |  u/biggabenne
Image source: Reddit | u/biggabenne

u/_sasquatchy recalled a moment in 1989 when a young man in Seattle bought them a bag of burgers and fries: “I was barely 16 and had left home because of abusive parents. I was so embarrassed at the time that I couldn’t make eye contact with them, but I’ve never forgotten their act of kindness in a world that didn’t feel friendly at all.