A Nova Scotian Christmas Story

A local Nova Scotian story of Christmas spirit. Not my words. Read them anyway.

“While I was at the Superstore. The woman in front of me, with her 2 children, had a cart full of things, all yellow labels, no name brand, counting what she had in the cart. As the teller was ringing through her items, she kept taking things out and putting them on the side, and asking the teller not to ring some things through.The gentleman, ahead of her, was still packing his groceries on the other side when he noticed the same thing we all did … a single mother, on a budget, just trying to feed her kids.As she stood there counting her money, and watching the till the gentleman leaned over to the teller and said “Its OK, ring it all through, I’ll get it, and get those things on the side too” The woman, in disbelief, said “No its Ok, thank you but I cant let you pay for my things” He insisted though. He said his Christmas Bonus was bigger than he thought, he just wanted to share the wealth. As if that wasn’t enough, he also asked for a $200 gift card for her.As I stood there in complete awe, he gave me a little wink, as the woman came around and hugged him. All he said after that was “Merry Christmas, take care of those girls.”I hear about these things happening from time to time, but to actually witness it, warmed my heart. Its good to know there are genuine, kind hearted people out there. I hope this unknown man, has a wonderful Christmas, and that his family realize how blessed they are to have him. What a wonderful gift to a perfect stranger.”

via A GREAT LIVERPOOL CHRISTMAS STORY FROM HOLLY McCONNELL.

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85 thoughts on “A Nova Scotian Christmas Story

    • What difference does it make where it happened. Come on….get over it and focus on the good. This is the problem we have. There are many many good,kind people out there.

      • Just nice to know there are wonderful caring people out there, no matter where it is!!

    • It doesn’t really matter whether it happened in NS or BC; the point is it happened somewhere and it’s a heart warming story. He is still an extremely generous person and it is still a good story.

    • Do you think this sort of thing only happens Once? :) ..
      I’ve no doubt it happened out west.. down south, up north .. and probably is happening again ..

      There are some truelly wonderful souls in this world… keep your head up and your ears open .. you just may see this story repeat itself .. again .. and again .. :) .. and Maybe you’ll be part of it! :D
      *You might be in a spot to see how good it feels to help another soul .. or .. you maybe the one who receives.. either way .. I have seen this and similar stories many times over the course of my 56 years .. and I Know I’ll see many more

      >> That’s what I think :) Happy Holidays .. and all the very best in 2014!

      • Linda you got the perfect pic, now if everyone could see it the way the story was meant we would all be better off. I love to see Gods love passed off to others and in return sharing the true meaning of Christmas.
        His word simply states Love one another, and by doing so we love him.
        I don’t have much but love to help others. I certainly know I have a warm house and a full fridge and that’s more than some.

      • I AGREE WITH LINDA……………………..JUST LOOK AT IT AS A WONDERFUL, KIND GESTURE. DOES IT REALLY MATTER WHERE IT HAPPENED??? WE SHOULD ALL THINK BEFORE WE SPEAK; SPREADING NEGATIVISM IS LIKE SPREADING YOUR GERMS WHEN YOU COUGH; MUZZLE YOURSELF!

        MERRY CHRISTMAS from Nova Scotia!

    • There are a lot of good people in this world….we just don’t always hear about them, as they quietly give from the heart…..this story may have happened out west, in Ontario, and in Nova Scotia, and numerous other places…..we all like to think that there are more good people where we live….and if we cared to notice, we will see that the world is filled with good people!

    • Does it matter where it happened?….it’s about the feelings that ‘Christmas’ invokes.

    • There are a lot of nice people out there & a lot of people who need help too, even I once helped a family in need at Christmas time, they were our neighbors a mother with 3 small kids. Me & Hubby had 2 kids of our own, & we were on
      welfare, but we had our name down to receive help from our community but that year we were going to the in-law for Christmas dinner, so we wouldn’t need the box of stuff that the community delivers to us every year for our Christmas Dinner so we called to let them know if they could deliver it to our neighbors instead, & add her on the list for the next year which they did. Also we Bought them each a Christmas gift because her dead beat husband didn’t pay his child support & she couldn’t afford to get them presents for Christmas.

    • Actually, you have no idea if it didn’t happen in NS. It is highly possible that it did.

    • must have been a different store….they don’t have Atlantic Superstore out west….

    • It says right on the sign ATLANTIC and I live in Nova Scotia and I know where this SuperStore is, like everyone else said..you missing the point of the story and the good. If that had of been me I would have started crying! What a great story!

    • what a beautiful story and an awesome thing to do to someone in need ,he certainly paid it forward,what a thoughtful and caring man,may he have a blessed Christmas.

    • Not that it matters where it happened, but I’ve never seen an “Atlantic Superstore” out west.

    • This could happen anywhere. My best friend has been doing this for years and I’ve done it too. Blessings for those who think and are able to do it! Merry Christmas to all!!!

    • Wow.. i wish i was still living there up there, there’s so much nicer people up there then there is in Hamilton. It’s a nice friendly city when everyone know’s eachother. Nova scotia has always been my favorite place to visit since i was about 2 years old. I can’t wait to come up there again everyone seems more friendly there then it is here.

    • There are many angels in this world. If you youtube or google good samaritans .. you may see this story .. or very similar is happening .. a lot. The “Pay it forward” bug is catching on .. :D:
      Out west, down south, up north, over there and yep .. right here at home. THis world has More Good souls than those who are angry or fearful.. More Love than we know .. Despite the news and the noise .. There really are Lots of really good people out there .

      I’ve seen this story .. and very very similar a few times.. and I’m certain I will again and again..

      The “Good Samaritan” is an old and ‘repetitive’ event .. not just a story ;)

  1. The point is not where it happened but to remind us that it is ok to do good things for others.

  2. I saw this posted by someone about Superstore in Grand Prairie. Same story, word for word.

  3. No matter where it was,it is nice to know there is still people out there that still care

  4. It happened in Grand Prairie, Alberta. But it’s still nice to know that there are people like that! I would LOVE to be able to do that for someone… Some day I hope!

  5. It is not the where it happened that counts, it is the fact that it did. Each of us could look inside and tell a story of helping or being helped. There was a time I needed help raising 3 children alone. Family helped me when they could and every Christmas an envelope arrived with a $100. bill in it until I didn’t need help anymore. It gave me the courage to get out there and make my life better.

  6. I really think you people are missing the point. Who cares where it happened!! Maybe the ns person was out west! Think about it people. It is what it is.

  7. I think it is NOT about the Superstore (like they would care), it is about the Good Samaritan, leading pic should not feature Superstore

  8. Hope the guy the won millions and millions in Loto 649 that is giving it all to charity ,realized he can do so much with his money ,and he would witness it all as not few charity that we have no clue what actually to it, and really do you really think that there is going to be a cure for cancer , with all the money that is given towards that, it did not help his wife.

  9. Maybe not $200.00 all the time, but, a random act of kindness is nice at time, a coffee, meal, or just opening a door goes a long way. Of course, paying for groceries is absolute kindness,-Louis Joe

  10. Where this happened is not the point to telling this story…. whether it was Albert, Nova Scotia the point is this stranger reached out to help someone in need Thankful for what you have you someday might be in that situation….Merry Christmas Canada !! :)

  11. So hopefully someone will make it happen in NS and I am sure it has many times. We are Maritimers and probably half of Alberta is too.

  12. The place doesn’t matter. It’s what’s in the heart that matters. So nice to know that there are still kind souls who would help a stranger and those in need. Way to go!!! Christmas spirit is alive and well!!

  13. This is an awesome story. Nice to know there is still some kindness out there.Most people don’t even take notice of people that are having a hard time making ends meet.My husband was injured at work 6 months ago and I have been trying to provide for our children and us.We are living in an rv and we have no money for food and even for me to get to work I have had to go to a pawn shop for gas money or we would have no income at all.Unfortunately we have lost almost everything we have taken there.Like alot of families out there we pretend that everything’s ok but it’s not. My husband is in pain and I can’t afford the antibiotics to make him feel better.I have osteoarthritis and don’t know how much longer I will be able to keep going.I only have 2 sets of clothes for work and no means to even go to value village to buy more clothes.Sorry to tell you my story but I guess I just wanted to tell it to get it off my chest.I cry in private so my family doesn’t feel bad but inside I am crying all the time. It’s Christmas and we don’t have a tree,gifts for the kids or a Christmas dinner.We have no family here so nowhere to go except our camper.I feel like we’ve failed our kids.My husband worked for himself before he was injured but he hurt his hip and can barely walk now.Since he worked for himself there is no financial services available to him. Social Services won’t help because I am working.Anyway, thanks for listening.Have a very Merry Christmas :)

    • Can anyone help this person I would like to but am unable.Even if you could help this family with a gas gift card or walmart gift card so her children could have something for Christmas.

      • This is an awesome story. Nice to know there is still some kindness out there.Most people don’t even take notice of people that are having a hard time making ends meet.My husband was injured at work 6 months ago and I have been trying to provide for our children and us.We are living in an rv and we have no money for food and even for me to get to work I have had to go to a pawn shop for gas money or we would have no income at all.Unfortunately we have lost almost everything we have taken there.Like alot of families out there we pretend that everything’s ok but it’s not. My husband is in pain and I can’t afford the antibiotics to make him feel better.I have osteoarthritis and don’t know how much longer I will be able to keep going.I only have 2 sets of clothes for work and no means to even go to value village to buy more clothes.Sorry to tell you my story but I guess I just wanted to tell it to get it off my chest.I cry in private so my family doesn’t feel bad but inside I am crying all the time. It’s Christmas and we don’t have a tree,gifts for the kids or a Christmas dinner.We have no family here so nowhere to go except our camper.I feel like we’ve failed our kids.My husband worked for himself before he was injured but he hurt his hip and can barely walk now.Since he worked for himself there is no financial services available to him. Social Services won’t help because I am working.Anyway, thanks for listening.Have a very Merry Christmas :)

  14. Alberta, The Maritimes, Nantukit, who cares. The point is be good to each other. Share what you have. You don’t have to be Rich to be kind & giving. Merry Christmas to Every one in the World. Love each other. ❤

  15. That is a true christmas story..reminds me of me when I go shopping for me n my 2 grandkids n I have to add up as iam going n scared I go over..its imbarrising if I have to tell them ill take this back..that stranger made her christmas

  16. I think that the greatest deeds of kindness, are random, as this one was, spontaneous, and almost always the giver wants no credit for his or her good deed. What their hearts tell them is right is all the payment or attention they need. There are beautiful people and beautiful moments…

  17. It really doesn’t matter where .. but only That it happens .. and it happens more than some are aware by the looks of some of the comments.

    My heart goes to those who are unable to see the ‘goodness’ .. the ‘heart stuff’ that is in this story. .. or that it is not a solitary event. The “Good Samaratin” is a Very old story .. and it is repetitive .. not in ‘story’ but in ‘event’ .. People helping people. It happens every day. It happens all around us. We need only lift our eyes up and see all that is around us. There are a Lot of loving, caring and generous hearts out there .. and there are many stories of some of them “paying it forward” for a soul who was in need.
    The Only payback is that awesome good feeling .. there is nothing like knowing you’ve been able to make a difference in someones life.. Nothing. *There is also nothing like being shown that sort of worth when you are down .. to have someone step up, step in and not be all grandiouse about it. Beautiful to be part of in any way … beautiful to even hear about .. no matter from where or from when.

    Love is Always Beautiful . .. Thank you for sharing Another event of Love. <3

  18. Hats off to the very kind gentleman who did this kind deed at Christmas with things being so tight for a lot of people! No matter where it was, he is truly an inspiration to people to help out in times of need. He’s seriously a great guy and there should be more like him who are able to help out when need be.

  19. Rather than worry about where, it would be nice to think this happens everywhere. The gesture does not have to be big, you can get the warm feeling with the smallest gesture. the complete randomness and unexpected show of friendship to complete strangers is the payoff.

  20. Well my wife and I actually did see something quite similar to this story in a Superstore in Edmonton Alberta..2 years ago now around this time. There was a young couple with a baby trying to pay for groceries with a gift card that wouldn’t work. People from the line-up all stepped forward and paid for them before they could leave. It was AWESOME!!

  21. its nice he helped her and her kids its just said that it has to be a holiday for someone to help someone out
    we should help someone out at any time of the year…

  22. It’s too bad that acts like this are considered rare and newsworthy. People should be doing these types of things more regularly so they are the norm, not some strange happening that deserves news coverage. I’m happy for the Mom, and proud of the gentleman that he could afford to do the thing he most wanted to…help someone in need. We should all be doing these things, not just at Christmas, but every day.

  23. Maxine I agree with you,It is not about the superstore it is about the good Samaratian who has helped this lady! who cares where it happened! God bless the gentleman who has helped this lady your kindness reminds me us of what “Christmas” is all about..Tis the season to be giving and this gentleman did that! God Bless you! Merry Christmas all and Hope the New year brings wonderful things to all!

  24. We had a gentlemen here in Vernon, who did a similar thing for strangers, when asked why he said it was his birthday and he wanted to make the day better for others. There are truly some very caring people, nice to see that money doesn’t rule everyone lives. compassion is coming back!

  25. Sure wish I could help out the anonymous message sender regarding her and her family’s hard times and living in an RV and struggling to get by

  26. I thought this was a beautiful thing to do for that lady and her family. The man being a great Samaritan has come through for people in need. That family will have a Merry Christmas thanks to the kind man. Great things do happen to people in need.

  27. Darn there are so many people who only focus on the negative. Just read the story,.regardless of the location and be thankful as I am that there are really kind people out there putting a face to the Gospel..whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters, that you do unto me.

  28. I know my dad did this for a few folks, I was there, and actually it was here in Nova Scotia!

  29. These Urban stories happen all the time and twisted to make it “local” to get views on pages. That’s it: money. Who is the person? Exactly, nobody knows as this didn’t happen exactly. The same story will be passed around in 12 months to garner more views. Gotta get back to listening to the news on the flight delay situation that does not effect me, more gripping news…:)

      • Ellen:
        I do nice stuff all the time, going up to my local pizza place to give away pizza later on today, had a free bike BBQ 3 weeks ago, I internet with random people and make people smile…this is what these troll posts do, take a nice story and people make money off them from views. Yes, nice story, but it happens everyday all the time and it can be twisted and altered to whatever geographic area you’re from (these troll stories are all over FB – they are nice no doubt but made up). Have a great holiday:)!

  30. great story i work at a superstore and we have had more than one person come in and buy over 200.00 in grocries and donate them right into our food bank box it just warms my heart thank you

  31. MY NAME IS SHEENA MELAINE. THIS HAPPENED TO ME, RIGHT HERE IN GRANDE PRAIRIE ALBERTA. I AM THE ORIGINAL WRITER OF THIS STORY, AND THE ORIGIN OF IT ALL. IT DID NOT HAPPEN IN NOVA SCOTIA, IT WAS HERE, RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME. THANKS FOR SHARING!!

    • Okay. I shared this story from another site. No need for angry all-caps writing. It’s not a big deal. It’s just a really nice story, wherever it happened. Worth sharing, even if the details are slightly altered. Also, to parrot some other comments, while stories like this are rare, they do happen other places. It’s just nice to think about them, particularly this time of year.

  32. this made me cry with joy to know someone would do that I myself on a low income and two children we budget our money as well and just try to get by ,makes me feel happy to know there are good and kind heart people out there and be thank ful for what you have and the people around you and that are in your life :)

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