Actor Jon Voight buys 6 Thanksgiving turkeys for stranger at Walmart
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky woman was shopping at Walmart for Thanksgiving meals for children in need when Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight decided to spread a bit of holiday kindness.
On Nov. 18, Sydney Gholston was standing in line when Voight started talking to her.
“I was helping the lady scan the turkeys and the man behind me said, ‘You must have a big family. That’s an awful lot of turkeys,'” she told ABC News. “I said, ‘I work at the Home of the Innocents.'”
Gholston, who works as the food and nutrition director for the non-profit organization, had six turkeys for the children. According to its Facebook page, Home of the Innocents provides medical care to fragile children, as well as victims of abuse, abandonment, and neglect.
She said she then turned to talk to him since the man seemed interested in the organization. When she did, she received an unexpected surprise.
“I looked up and said, ‘You look a lot like Angelina Jolie’s dad’ and he said, ‘Why would I look like that?'” Gholston said.
She said they both joked about the conversation and he paid for the turkeys before he left.
Home of the Innocents posted about the incident on Facebook last Friday:
Our employee Sydney Gholston went to purchase Thanksgiving turkeys for our kids today. What a treat when she ran into Jon Voight who is in town filming a movie and he asked what the turkeys were for. Jon generously paid for the turkeys to feed our kids next week! We are so thankful for his generosity!