Sometimes, the most insignificant, random acts of kindness can make the biggest difference. At least, that was the case for a woman in Atlanta, Georgia, who had her groceries paid for by a complete and total stranger. The woman was Therra Jaramillo, a freelance writer, and the stranger was rapper and actor Ludacris, as ABC-affiliated KVUE reported.
In a now-viral social media post, Jaramillo explained that she’s had a difficult few years since her husband depart of brain c-ancer.
“I was too embarrassed to say out loud I was having financial difficulty but it was a solid problem. I was making rice for me and the dogs to eat. I was losing sleep. I was crying daily. I rationed gas in my car,” she wrote. Earlier this week, Jaramillo found herself in a financial bind when she had to buy a new hot water heater and was waiting for a check she was owed from a freelance writing client, she wrote.
She was struggling with these financial obligations in addition to caring for four rescue dogs, two rescue cats, a chicken, her brother, and herself, per her post.
But things took a turn when a friend unexpectedly sent her a $250 gift card to Whole Foods, she said. So on Monday, she went to the grocery store in Atlanta, Georgia. But when she went to check out, she realized she didn’t have enough money on her gift card to pay for all of her groceries. Jaramillo said she was flustered, but that’s when the man in front of her on the check out line stepped in to pay for her groceries, which cost $375 total.
“He turned to me and he said, ‘I said I got this.’ And I looked at him, and he said, ‘All of this, don’t put anything back,'” she told KVUE. In her social media post, Jaramillo said the kindness exhibited by this stranger, who identified himself as “Chris,” moved her to tears. “I thanked him but I was so stunned that even as we made small talk (he asked me about my four dogs) I tripped over my words, all the while thinking, ‘I’m talking to an angel. Should I tell him? Should I tell him he’s an angel?'” she wrote.
Throughout this whole interaction, she had no idea she was talking to Grammy Award-winning musician Ludacris (neé Christopher Brian Bridges). In fact, Jaramillo had no idea until after the rapper left and the cashier told her. “The cashier came around to put the last of my treasures into my cart and said casually to me, ‘You know that’s Ludacris, right?'” she wrote.
She did not know — but his act of kindness has profoundly impacted her.
She concluded her now-viral post with a message that we should all try to all be more like Ludacris: kind for the sake of being kind. “What Ludacris had no way of knowing is that his quiet kindness and generous gesture came at a moment when my candle was out,” she wrote. He used his personal light to f-ire up my own. Isn’t that what we should be doing for each other? I think it is. Be like Ludacris y’all.” A representative for Ludacris declined to comment on the record. Whole Foods and Therra Jaramillo didn’t immediately return INSIDER’s request for comment.
This is how people reacted to this post:
Bitt – You never know when an angel from God will save you.
Nine Dragon – I’m so moved and tearful by this beautiful story. We do have kind angels in our cr-uel world!
Cockatoosmom – Being on an extreme budget having hard time making it I would been adding up on a calculator. Things as up quickly especially at Whole Foods! I have been sick alone several weeks taking care of my pets. Yesterday alone stayed most of day in bed and in the coldest thanksgiving in s century my blower made slot of nose. It 10 Degrees right now hating have to go in my basement and check things out. Hope they can come out today otherwise tomorrow and weekends you pay more
Estela Fowler – But to all who are questioning the kindness shown by these young man, I think it is nobody’s business.He offered, the lady appreciated his kindness, I do not think it came from anybody else’s pocket but his.
and she said thank you, with tears.
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