Family Hopes To Find ‘Angel’ Who Helped 89-Year-Old Grandma At Grocery Store

A kind stranger paid an elderly woman’s $100 grocery bill after her only credit card declined while in the checkout line.

Marilyn Oettinger can’t stop thinking about it — and neither can her family.

“There she was,” says her daughter Margie, “confused, flabbergasted, embarrassed. And this guy rescued her.”

Last week, 89-year-old widow was shopping for groceries at the Star Market in Newton, Massachusetts — a rare unassisted trip since losing her husband a few months ago.

“And this amazing person behind her said ‘Don’t worry. I’ll take care of your groceries’,” Marylin’s daughter Margie told CBS News.

The bill certainly wasn’t meager — it was $109.

“She tried to get his name,” added Margie, “but he said ‘No. Just say a prayer for me’.”

The Oettinger family is pledging to pay it forward with similar kindness on future trips to the supermarket. But they’re also trying to find the Good Samaritan.

“We’re trying to find him. And even if he doesn’t want to come forward, we’re hoping that he’ll know that we’re incredibly grateful,” Margie said.

“It’s amazing to have an angel like that.”


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