Natalia Lusinski
Updated Oct 14, 2017 @ 9:44 am
Picture of Pumpkin Candles
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If you love a good pay-it-forward story, then you’re in luck. A stranger just bought a mom a candle at Target, and his kindness meant so much more than he knew.

The mom of four, Erin Bennett, lives in Bristow, VA. On Wednesday, she took her two youngest kids to Target with her. In addition to getting the items on her shopping list, Bennett added some makeup and a nice pumpkin-scented candle to the mix. However, at checkout, she realized she was over her budget. So she the cashier to put the bonus items back.

Then, the beautiful pay-it-forward moment happened.

A stranger offered to buy the items Bennett set aside. They had been talking in line beforehand.

When he wanted to buy the extra items for Bennett, she said she couldn’t let him do so. But he insisted. “‘You deserve something for yourself,'” Bennett recalled him saying. “Then the cashier grabbed the items and let the man swipe his card before I could say no again.”

Bennett started tearing up. With her 5-month-old strapped to her chest, she went to hug the man.

Not only was the pay-it-forward moment amazing, but it had even deeper value for Bennett, too.

So now we add that pumpkin spice candle to the picture, and we are in tears. Bennett wrote this Facebook post, hoping to find him.

In part, the post reads:

Of course, people on Facebook shared the post far and wide. As of this writing, it’s gotten more than 9,000 reactions and more than 2,900 shares. To date, Bennett hasn’t been able to find the man, whom she describes as an older gentleman with grey hair and a grey beard.

Not only is Bennett’s story a heartwarming one, but also a great reminder that kind hearts and words do go a long way.