Retired teacher overwhelmed by ‘4 angels’ who paid for groceries when card was declined

December 15, 2018 Updated: December 15, 2018

Kindness surrounds us every day, even at the supermarket when your card is declined. It’s one of those moments when you just want to disappear through the floor.

Barbara Barbin, from Pearland, Texas, is now retired from her former job as a teacher. A couple of weeks ago, she was out shopping at Walmart with her legally blind 13-year-old grandson, and just as she was about to pay for her trolley laden with groceries, her card was declined.

“(I told the cashier) let me go to the teller machine to try to see if I can get it to work,” Barbin told ABC 13.

Just as she was wishing she was somewhere else, a group of total strangers from the line behind her had gotten together to collect enough to pay for her groceries.

“A gentleman walked up behind me and put $140 in my hand to pay for groceries,” Barbin said. “I said, ‘Oh my gosh, that was so kind.’”

Even if she doesn't see the men again to be able to thank them, Barbara Barbin hopes that by sharing her story people will see how much a small act of kindness can mean to someone.

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“In times like this,” she continued, “me being a black woman, they were four white men … They just came up because they felt the need.”

“I’m just overwhelmed and thankful,” she said. “They reflect the kindness that was meant by God.”

There are compassionate people around every corner in life. Be sure to pay any kind deeds forward.

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