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A St. Patrick’s Day act of kindness

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My two young granddaughters and I were in a store looking for decorations for their mother’s St. Patrick’s Day birthday party.

We carefully picked out shamrocks and other green goodies. As we waited in line, the girls were excitedly chatting about their mother’s party. They told everyone around us they had baked and decorated a cake and were getting decorations for their mom.

When we got to the counter, I was informed they did not take credit cards. I did not have enough cash, so we had to leave the line. My excited granddaughters were now disappointed they had to leave without the things for their mom.

We went back to see the St. Patrick display for a moment and were surprised by a woman who brought the girls a bag. Inside were all the things we had to leave behind. She had bought them for us. I offered to repay her and she just said it was a gift for the girls.

The girls were speechless and so thankful that they gave her a hug.

On the way home, we talked about the lady and "paying it forward." There are now two little girls who plan to do something helpful for someone else.

Thank you to our nameless leprechaun.

— Pat Macdonald

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