A businesswoman who lost her job during Covid was left emotional after a conversation with a stranger outside a supermarket led to a heartwarming gesture.
Belinda Lombard, the owner of Lemongrass Catering, was standing outside her local Pak’nSave on August 26 at Cameron Road in Tauranga, New Zealand, when she began to talk to a man in front of her in the queue.
When asked what she did for a living, Ms Lombard told the man named Fred she worked in hospitality and had lost all her business due to the current lockdown restrictions in the country.
The man managed to track down Ms Lombard in the supermarket’s meat department and handed the struggling businesswoman $100 to help during these challenging times.
Belinda Lombard was standing outside her local supermarket in Tauranga, New Zealand, when she began a conversation with the man in front of her in the line
Ms Lombard, who owns Lemongrass Catering (pictured), told the man she worked in hospitality and had lost everything due to the current lockdown restrictions
The man tracked Ms Lombard down inside the store while grocery shopping and offered her around $100 to help during these challenging times
Ms Lombard became emotional and teared up over the samaritan’s act, but said she couldn’t take the money.
Ms Lombard told the NZ Herald: ‘This man doesn’t know me from scratch, but he wanted to give me money to make sure I was going to be ok. I welled up with tears in the middle of the meat department.
‘This was a local guy who just stepped up when he didn’t have to. Things are not good for people and there’s this fella going out of his way to help out. I just couldn’t believe it.’
Ms Lombard was blown away by the man’s thoughtful act and wanted to spread the story to commend the samaritan and as a reminder for people to ask for help if they are going through a rough time.
New Zealand recorded 49 locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, with Tauranga set to move down to a level-three lockdown for a week along with the rest of the country south of Auckland from 11:59pm tonight.
All of New Zealand south of Auckland will move down to a Covid-19 level-three lockdown for a week from Tuesday 11:59pm as the country recorded 49 locally acquired cases