A random act of kindness on Thanksgiving Eve

Petty Officer James Brown
Petty Officer James Brown (WDTN Photo)

RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WDTN) – One man says the spirit of giving was in full swing Wednesday.

The Navy petty officer reached out to 2 NEWS after a random act of kindness from a total stranger.

Petty Officer James Brown isn’t too worried about the holiday shopping frenzy.

Instead, he’s looking forward to a week filled with family time.

For the weekend, he’ll be headed out with his son to do some hunting.

But he needed some hand warmers.

Wednesday afternoon while dressed in his blue uniform, he rushed to Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Mall at Fairfield Commons.

“While we were getting ready to pay, there was a lady in front of us that paid for our stuff,” Brown said.

He thought that was gracious and didn’t expect more.

Then, Brown said, “She shook my hand and said ‘Merry Christmas’ and then turned around and started walking away and I looked at my hand and there was a $100 in it.”

The Navy man of 8 years tried to refuse, but the woman was adamant.

Brown’s eldest son, Anthony Lawton was with hi, and Lawton says the woman was very kind and generous.

Lawton has Asperger’s Syndrome; the diagnosis has been tough and has also added to the bills.

Brown’s wife, Marrisa says the gift will help more than this stranger knows.

“Honestly, I cried,”she said. “I had just finished Thanksgiving shopping yesterday. I had to use some credit cards to finish up Thanksgiving food because we didn’t have enough cash and I was worried about how we’re gonna balance the checkbook this month and we were almost exactly $100 dollars short for the month and that’s how much she gave us and I just cried. My first thought was God answers prayers.”

Petty Officer Brown has a message for the total stranger.

“Thank you. I really don’t know what else I could say other than thank you.”

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