You could call them two peas in a pod. We’re talking about 89-year-old Maxine Landes and Tara Holycross.
But just last week the two were complete strangers.
“When I left, I couldn’t get her off my mind,” said Holycross.
Next to pictures of her children and late husband, Landes had her $1,000 social security check with her at Walmart, the only money she would get for the month.
“I went to pay, and my money was gone,” said Landes.
Holycross was behind her in line.
“She was sobbing and sobbing,” said Holycross.
They never found the check.
“I was just numb. I didn’t know which way I was going to go, but I knew the lord was going to take care of me,” said Landes.
And that brings us to now.
“Oh my goodness, $10? Bless her little heart,” said Landes.
Holycross put Landes' story out on social media and started collecting gift cards for her so she could buy new groceries.
“Walmart, Albertsons and Chick-fil-A,” said Landes, as she looked at her new cards.
Landes was all smiles until it got even better.
“You’re not going home yet. You’re stuck here!” said Holycross.
“I am?” asked Landes.
Other strangers brought bags and bags of every grocery Landes needed, and then some.
“And this has all kinds of meat in it for you. And a gallon of milk, too!” said one of the people donating.
“My goodness! My goodness! My goodness!” said Landes.
These kind strangers wanted to make sure she would be OK. And Landes was at a loss for words, after her own loss, unexpectedly brought her the best of friends.
“They’re wonderful people and I thank them from the bottom of my heart,” said Landes, with tears in her eyes.
If you’d like to donate to help Landes out you can go to this link.
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