Tracy Warshal was in the checkout line at her local supermarket, when the man ahead of her stopped, looking a bit panicked as he realized he’d forgotten his wallet.
Warshal saw that he had literally only three items, and not expensive ones. It was just a little before Christmas, and so she stepped in with a small act of kindness, offering to pay for his items. The total only came out to $7, and Warshal said it was something “anybody would have done.”
“It would have been more of a headache for him to go out and find his wallet,” Warshal told ABC News.
He thanked her, then asked her for her first name. “Tracy,” she replied. “Merry Christmas!”
“And that was literally it,” Warshal said. Or so she thought, at first.
Based on nothing but Warshal’s first name and her T-shirt, the man managed to find out that she worked at the healthcare center Piedmont Cancer Institute—she had been wearing a shirt that said “Piedmont” on it that day.
A few weeks later, two representatives from The Piedmont Foundation showed up at Warshal’s workplace, and had some news for her.
The man that she had helped out wanted to make a large donation to their organization, in her name. In thanks for her kind act that cost her $7, the man was donating $10,000 in her name, to help all the patients at Piedmont Healthcare, including those she works with.
When Warsahl got the news, her jaw just dropped. She didn’t expect him to find her, let alone give $10,000 to this cause.
Though shocked, Warshal could understand how a small act for one person can mean the world to another—and this man’s gesture in return illustrated this.
“On our daily journeys, you never know what somebody is dealing with,” she said. “If you’re able to do some small gesture for somebody, just do it. It could make a world of difference.”