Aussie pensioner 'nearly cried' over Woolworths gift from stranger

The small gesture has made a big difference.

An Aussie grandmother is in awe after being on the receiving end of a random act of kindness that will help her get through to payday. Karen Harding had been shopping and was on the bus home on Wednesday morning when she disembarked and noticed that someone had left something behind at her stop.

"When I got off the bus, it was sitting on the seat at the bus shelter," the disability support pensioner told Yahoo News Australia. "That kind person has no idea the appreciation I have towards them."

Left on the seat of the bus shelter was a WISH Gift Card which can be used at Woolworths, Big W, BWS, Dan Murphy's and EG Ampol fuel stations.

Note from stranger on a Woolworths WISH Gift Card; Woman smiling
Karen Harding says the stranger's gift will go to her Woolworths bill. Source: Supplied

Gift won't go to waste

"Honestly, I checked to make sure it wasn't a gift for someone else, as I know a lot of people that get that bus," the 54-year-old said. "But once I turned it over I nearly cried."

On the back of the voucher card was a note to a "random person" from "another random person". "Just for today," it reads, "I'll do something nice for someone and not get caught out or brag about it."

After racing home to check that the gift card was legitimate and did in fact have $30 on it, Karen, who has four children and five grandchildren, described the generous act as a "blessing".

"As I am only on the disability pension, it will be getting me a few things in Woolworths to get me through to payday," the south-west Sydney resident told Yahoo. "And I promise you I will be paying it forward to someone closer to Christmas."

'There are good people out there'

Blown away by the kindness of a stranger, Karen shared the news of her lucky find on Facebook. "You hear of this happening to people, but never imagined I could be one of the lucky ones," she wrote. "Get off 882 bus and this is sitting on the seat. Truly appreciated and thank you, kind person."

More than 1,100 people have since reacted to the post. "That other random person is awesome for spreading some good vibes, good karma to them!" one person responded. "There are good people out there, what a lovely thought,” commented another.

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