Firefighters “Pay It Forward” After Anonymous Shopper Buys Their Groceries

“It was my pleasure to pick up your tab today,” the note read

When a group of suburban firefighters had to leave their grocery shopping cart behind to respond to a call, they never expected what would happen when they returned.

Firefighters from the Bolingbrook Fire Fighters Association Local 3005 said they were shopping for lunch and dinner while on duty when they were called out. The crew returned a short time later and found that their grocery items had been paid for and the anonymous shopper left a note on their receipt.

“It was my pleasure to pick up your tab today,” the note read. “Thanks to you and everyone at your house for all you do. Enjoy.”

The association posted a photo of the note on their Facebook page last week thanking the donor. The post has since been shared more than 450 times and received more than 5,000 likes.

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Yesterday, while shopping for lunch and dinner, one of our crews got a call and had to leave their shopping cart behind.... Posted by Bolingbrook Fire Fighters Association IAFF Local 3005 on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The association said the firefighters, who pay for their own meals, plan to “pay it forward.”

“We have taken this opportunity to double down on the generous gift by taking $100 from our Union funds and donating it to the DuPage township food pantry so that those less fortunate can have some food for their families,” a post on their Facebook page read.  

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