At the point when an Atlanta lady who had fallen on harsh times didn’t have enough cash to pay for her groceries at Whole Foods, she was at her limit. Yet, at that point a kind stranger before her in line offered to pay the entire bill. She had no clue who the outsider was until the cashier told her it was the rapper Ludacris.
Therra Gwyn-Jaramillo has been “struggling on and off,” since her cherished spouse passed away of cancer 2014. “There wasn’t a part of my life that wasn’t destroyed – emotional, physical, financial,” Gwyn-Jaramillo told CBS News.
She was left to deal with “a practical menagerie of rescued animals,” her handicapped sibling and her home. While she has been freelance writing to keep her head above water, an ongoing hit of $4,000 for home repairs and a late check place her in a desperate circumstance in July.
Gratefully, a friend of her gifted her with a $250 Whole Foods voucher. So she went to Whole Foods, yet at the checkout counter acknowledged she didn’t have enough cash on the card to cover her things. That’s where Luda comes in.
Gwyn-Jaramillo says she responded to the “nice-looking man,” by “crying.”
“I finally managed to say ‘What is your name?’ and introduce myself. He said, simply, ‘Chris,’ and shook my hand,” Gwyn-Jaramillo recounted. She spoke with the stranger after his kind deed, telling CBS News, the man asked her about her rescue dogs after noticing dog food on the conveyor belt.
‘I talked to him through my tears and finally asked, ‘Who ARE you?’ says Gwyn-Jaramillo. “He looked at me and said ‘Just a person. Just a guy.’ I kept thinking, ‘Does he know? Does he know he’s an angel? ”
It turns out the stranger was not, in fact, “just a guy,” after all.
Gwyn-Jaramillo said he kind of looked familiar but she didn’t know it was him until the clerk pointed it out. “WHAT I screamed,” Gwyn-Jaramillo told CBS News. “People were smiling and laughing (and probably rolling their eyes that I just now ‘got it’ about who he was).”
She says she was inspired to write, a now viral, Facebook post about her encounter.
“This event taught me something I thought I already knew. It taught me the true power of being kind to strangers. He’s probably done this hundreds of time. But I couldn’t forget it,” Gwyn-Jaramillo said.