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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — An Iowa mom took to social media to thank the Good Samaritan who paid for nearly $200 worth of groceries after she forgot her wallet.

Danielle Vinson, 29, took her 9-month-old son to a local grocery store when she got to the checkout line and realized she did not have her wallet, according to KCRG.

As she frantically began to mull her options, a woman behind her in line stepped in and offered to pay for the $178.86 worth of groceries.

“I just welled up with tears in my eyes and she kind of looked at me like I was crazy and I was like I have to give you a hug and she’s like ‘no, no, no you don’t need to’ and I just ran over to her and gave her a big hug and I was like thank you so much,” she said.

Vinson posted about the experience in a Facebook group and said the amount of support has been amazing.

“I think it’s been a huge reminder for so many people that have responded that we are surrounded by such an amazing community and such great people here and I mean there’s always good and there’s always love and it’s just been such a cool amazing experience that has not only impacted me but now just like spread to the community,” she said.

Vinson says she plans on finding ways to pay it forward in the future, such as paying for people’s drinks in line at Starbucks.

Here’s a copy of Vinson’s entire Instagram post:

A stranger paid for our groceries today. All $178.86 worth of baby food and deli meat and milk and veggies…. paid forward in check stand 11. It was the most incredible generosity I’ve ever experienced in my life. After a day of pms-ing, and dealing with boys who love me so but just DONT get it, I took a “break” at the market with just one kid – the one that doesn’t talk back (yet) – and after feeding him teething crackers to get through the trip, I placed all our items on the belt, handed the cashier our reusable bags, and turned around to a sudden panic while fumbling around my wallet-less diaper bag. Holding my forehead in despair with one hand, I called my husband with the other and pleaded for him to teleport my wallet to me in that moment, when I heard her behind me. “Keep ringing everything up, I’ll take care of it.” I whipped around in absolute disbelief and shook my head. I glanced at the screen at an unfinished subtotal of $70 and whipped around, thankful, but insistent that it was just way too expensive. “Seriously, don’t worry about it, I need to do something for the holidays. Merry Christmas, enjoy” she told me, with insistence stronger than mine. I felt my eyes welling up with joyful, humbled, grateful tears. This is the stuff you read about that makes you smile, but when it’s real life, YOUR reality? You changed my life today, ma’am. This moment is now forever engrained in my heart, and every thanksgiving I’m bringing YOUR love to my table. Thank you, from the peaks to the depths of my heart. Thank you ❤️✌🏼️🙏🏼✨❤️ #payitforward #kindness #humbled #bekind #bethechange #thanksgiving#thankful #happyholidays #generosity #thankyou

A stranger paid for our groceries today. All $178.86 worth of baby food and deli meat and milk and veggies…. paid forward in check stand 11. It was the most incredible generosity I've ever experienced in my life. After a day of pms-ing, and dealing with boys who love me so but just DONT get it, I took a "break" at the market with just one kid – the one that doesn't talk back (yet) – and after feeding him teething crackers to get through the trip, I placed all our items on the belt, handed the cashier our reusable bags, and turned around to a sudden panic while fumbling around my wallet-less diaper bag. Holding my forehead in despair with one hand, I called my husband with the other and pleaded for him to teleport my wallet to me in that moment, when I heard her behind me. "Keep ringing everything up, I'll take care of it." I whipped around in absolute disbelief and shook my head. I glanced at the screen at an unfinished subtotal of $70 and whipped around, thankful, but insistent that it was just way too expensive. "Seriously, don't worry about it, I need to do something for the holidays. Merry Christmas, enjoy" she told me, with insistence stronger than mine. I felt my eyes welling up with joyful, humbled, grateful tears. This is the stuff you read about that makes you smile, but when it's real life, YOUR reality? You changed my life today, ma'am. This moment is now forever engrained in my heart, and every thanksgiving I'm bringing YOUR love to my table. Thank you, from the peaks to the depths of my heart. Thank you ❤️✌🏼️🙏🏼✨❤️ #payitforward #kindness #humbled #bekind #bethechange #thanksgiving #thankful #happyholidays #generosity #thankyou

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