April 10, 2020
Tyler Perry surprised seniors in Atlanta and New Orleans by footing their bill during their grocery hour. The producer's generous gesture covered over 70 stores.
Tyler Perry has focused his charitable efforts to the needs of the seniors in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. The mega-producer surprised elderly shoppers in groceries in Atlanta and New Orleans by footing their bill during their grocery hour.
Perry made his remarkable donation in 44 Kroger stores in Atlanta as well as 29 Winn Dixie stores in New Orleans, according to People. These stores allot the first hours of the day for their senior shoppers to protect them from large crowds.
Perry’s grocery donation comes in the heels of another amazing act of kindness he blessed a restaurant in Atlanta with.
According to a source for the publication, Perry had a soft spot for the elderly living in the two cities he considers his home. Thus, seniors in these cities were surprised to learn at the check out counter that their groceries had been paid for.
Corporate affairs manager for Kroger’s Atlanta, Felix Turner was grateful to Perry for his generous deed.
"We would like to join our customers in thanking Mr. Perry for his kindness and generosity during this unprecedented pandemic," Turner told Fox 5 as he shared photos of senior shoppers delighted by the surprise.
"It was truly a pleasure to see our customers fill with joy and gratitude as the news spread throughout 44 stores across Metro Atlanta,” he added. It was undisclosed how much Perry shouldered for this act of kindness but it was easily a six-figure amount.
AJC reported that some of Perry’s beneficiaries decided to pay his good deed forward. A former reporter for the publication said he was “dumbstruck” to learn he had free groceries to take home. And because he was still employed, he decided to donate $300 to The Atlanta Community Food Bank as payback.
Meanwhile, retired airline pilot, Janette Maas was so touched by Perry’s gesture that she decided to make it her mission to watch Perry’s “Madea” movie after.
Perry’s grocery donation comes in the heels of another amazing act of kindness he blessed a restaurant in Atlanta with. He reportedly left a $500 tip for 42 out-of-work servers of Houston's restaurant amounting to a whopping $21,000.
Perry reportedly frequents the establishment and has been driving by lately to pick up his food. And at this time of uncertainty, he must have felt that a tip way over 20% was called for.
What an amazing man Perry is! We salute him for his thoughtfulness and generosity.