Casey Carpenter’s husband Austin is in the United States Marine Corps, and when months go by with her unable to see him, sometimes you just feel like you want to focus on the bad in the world.
One night, Casey went out to go grocery shopping, and she put on Austin’s USMC sweatshirt. As she got into the checkout line, a man turned around and asked if that was her sweatshirt.
“It caught me pretty off guard, to say the least,” Casey wrote. Then the man asked if her husband was around.
Casey told him no, Austin was still deployed, and the man replied that he wanted to thank him.
Then, without hesitation, the man started putting her groceries onto the belt and told her he would pay for her groceries.
“I was speechless. The only thing I could get out was ‘oh my gosh, are you sure, thank you so much’ almost a dozen times,” Casey wrote. The man looked at her and told her why this was so important to him.
“That place over there almost took me away from my wife and my four kids. Promise you’ll stay true and honest to him when he’s gone and love him like you’ve never loved him before when he gets home.”
Casey was shocked, and she still was an hour later when she got home.
“There’s still so much good in the world and we need to start focusing on that rather than focusing on all the bad.”
His gesture had moved her so much that she shared it online, where it resonated with hundreds of thousands more people.
Thousands came forward to share their own stories.
“I love this so hard,” wrote Kiley Dix. “I took a care package to the post office a few years ago for a friend who was deployed and while filling out that silly customs form, a man at the counter next to me told me he was paying for it ‘because he never got mail while he was in Vietnam and wanted to make sure no one else went through that’.
“Needless to say, I turned into a crying baby but he totally made my day,” Dix wrote. “Thank you and your husband for your service .”
Lauren Flemming shared that something similar to her as well. She lives near Houston, but drove the four hours out to San Antonio in order to visit her husband—and during that, her brakes decided to go out.
Being from out of town, Flemming said they just went to the first shop they could find open on a Sunday, where they received a bill of over $600. She and her kids were in the waiting room while the work went on, making small talk with the other people there.
“My husband then pulled up, and we left. When we came to pick up the car, the entire bill had been paid for!!” Fleming wrote. “Turns out, the guy I was talking to was the owner of the company! He paid the entire bill out of his own pocket and told them, ‘Just tell her I appreciate her husband and their family.'”
“I CRIED,” Flemming wrote. “That’s not a small bill!! He wasn’t even there for me to say thank you, but I’ll never forget it.”
Tiffanie Newlin shared that her husband was currently deployed for the third time, and they have two daughter and she’s pregnant with their third.
“Once we were at a restaurant and my husband called to Skype with us. It’s always emotional for our daughters when he calls so I let the waitress know that it would be a few minutes before we were ready and let her know what was going on while my oldest talked to her father,” Newlin wrote.
“About 10 min after the Skype call had ended, the manager came over and said our meal was taken care of. She said seeing us all huddled around a cellphone brought tears to her eyes. I’ll never forget that.”
Several of the stories commenters shared moved the hearts of thousands more.
“Man I thought the original story brought tears to my eyes…im reading the comments and my heart is just overjoyed for all the compassion people have brought all of you,” Heather Jackson wrote. “Thank you and your families for your dedication and your service. Never doubt there are people out here that are grateful for what you have all sacrificed.”