St Vincent de Paul store manager Tammy Washington has had her faith in humanity restored by a kind gesture from a thoughtful member of the community.
St Vincent de Paul store manager Tammy Washington has had her faith in humanity restored by a kind gesture from a thoughtful member of the community. Max Fleet

Op shop kindness overwhelms

CHRISTMAS has come early for 71-year-old pensioner Dianna Stacey, thanks to the generosity of a stranger.

Mrs Stacey, of Curtis Street, was shopping for a wheelchair at the George Street St Vincent de Paul store on Monday when she discovered she was unable to afford the chair on her pension.

While at the counter bargaining for her purchase, a man in his thirties handed the cashier his bank card and paid for the $40 wheelchair.

“I just threw my arms around him,” Mrs Stacey said.

“I said to the girls (at the counter), ‘my husband is not going to believe this’.”

Mrs Stacey still has no idea who the man is.

“He paid the full amount and I just look at him as an angel,” she said.

“I’ve never seen him before and yesterday I looked at everyone to see if it was him.”

If faced with the man again, Mrs Stacey said she was unsure what she would do.

“What can I say to him? I don’t know. I think I would give him another big hug,” she said.

“This deed is worth every Christmas hamper you can get.”

Mrs Stacey said she had been looking for a wheelchair for some time to help her out when her legs were feeling weak.

“If I have a bad day and can’t walk very well I will use it around the house,” she said.

“I want to be independent.”

George Street St Vincent de Paul store manager Tammy Washington said the incident had become quite the talking point among store volunteers.

“He just handed over his card and paid for it. The girls were quite amazed with it,” she said.

Ms Washington said she could not recall a similar incident every happening in the store.

“It restores your faith, actually,” she said.

Ms Washington said to add further mystery to the incident, the man who paid for the wheelchair was not a regular to the store.



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