Life has a way of delivering out-of-the-blue, uplifting pick-me-ups at the most-unlikely places, at the most random times.
On Monday morning, Stefanie Singh and her 2-year-old son Jayden were grocery shopping at the Canton Meijer store when a gentleman wearing a U.S. Army Veteran hat approached them.
“He walked up to me and said, ‘Excuse me, miss’,” Singh explained. “At first, I thought he needed help finding something.”
The soft-spoken veteran explained to Singh that he had no children of his own, was doing well financially, and wanted to bring some joy to random children’s lives.
“He told me, ‘I want to buy something nice for your son’, and he placed a $100 bill on the lap of my son, who was sitting in the grocery cart,” Singh recounted. “I was instantly in shock and said, ‘No, no, no!’ and I told him I appreciated the gesture.
“When he explained to me he had no kids of his own and that he liked bringing joy to other kids, well, it was clear he wasn’t going to take no for an answer.”
Taken aback from the feel-good encounter, Singh thanked the man and they parted ways.
“I took Jayden to the toy department and he was so excited, running up and down the aisle looking for his favorite monster trucks,” Singh said.
Caught off guard
“I was in such shock when it all happened — and it happened so fast — I didn’t get the man’s name. We went up and down the aisles searching for him to thank him and tell him what a kind thing he had done for us, but we couldn’t find him.”
The Singh family, who live in Canton, wants to find the good samaritan and — at minimum — thank him for making their son’s day.
If they find him, they’d like to invite him to dinner — pay him back in some way for his generosity.
“The entire experience showed us that there are still some really good, unselfish people out there with big hearts,” Singh said.
Trying to connect
Singh described the good samaritan as 70ish and tall in stature.
If you can help locate the man for the Singhs, text Ed Wright at 734-664-4657 and he will help them connect.
“What’s really cool is Jayden will often get a new toy and play with it for an hour or so and then he moves on to something else,” Singh said, smiling.
“But he’s been playing with these monster trucks pretty much since we returned home from Meijer.
“That man made his day and we want to let him know.”
Ed Wright can be reached at 734-664-4657 or email@example.com.