Tyler Perry is known for being a giver and not all of his deeds are publicized, but his latest kind act is moving people to tears. COVID-19’s impact on routine tasks like grocery shopping has led to stores altering their hours for older adults.
By reserving the first shopping hour for senior citizens, supermarkets are helping some of the strain, and Perry just did something to ease the load a little bit more.
Tyler Perry paid for groceries in 6 dozen stores
Perry strikes again with his generosity by picking up the grocery tab for seniors and other high-risk individuals in two states. The heartwarming gesture surprised unsuspecting shoppers once they reached the checkout line.
News stations across metro Atlanta and Louisiana are reporting Perry paid the bills at 44 Kroger stores in Georgia and at 29 Winn Dixie supermarkets in Louisiana.
According to 11Alive News in Atlanta, the entertainment mogul wanted to remain anonymous, but that cat is out of the bag. A representative for Kroger’s corporate office confirmed the act of kindness, and in an email sent to the news outlet, extended a warm thank you to Perry.
“Senior and higher-risk Kroger shoppers in metro Atlanta did receive a nice surprise at the register this morning when they learned Tyler Perry had paid their grocery tab in full.
We would like to join our customers in thanking Mr. Perry for his kindness and generosity during this unprecedented pandemic. It was truly a pleasure to see our customers fill with joy and gratitude as the news spread throughout 44 stores across metro Atlanta.”
Customers were moved to tears and could not believe that a stranger covered their shopping trip. They had no idea who took care of their bill.
Why these two states?
Perry is a native of Louisiana, but put down roots in Atlanta. He was born and raised in New Orleans and moved to Atlanta in 1990 in his early twenties. For years, he struggled as a playwright in his adopted city and it’s a well-known fact that for a while, he was homeless and slept in his car.
A local production in Atlanta kicked off his career which saw his plays turned into films. It’s the city he calls home. Now, Perry has a net worth of approximately $600 million.
Perry has a track of record of swooping in with generosity
Just two days ago, Perry left some Atlanta restaurant workers in shock when he left a $21,000 tip for them. As a frequent customer of Houston’s, he wanted to do something nice for one of his favorite eateries during the pandemic. But he has history of being big-hearted.
In 2018, Perry paid off the layaway balances at Atlanta-area Walmart stores during the holiday season. That amounted to more than $400,000.
That same year, he gifted a terminally ill woman with something on her wish list – a home of her own. The house was for Bettie Ann Pace, his old colleague’s mother.
He’s also purchased a car for a single mom caring for a gravely ill child in need of an organ transplant. And way back in 2010, Perry donated money to rebuild the home of an elderly woman who lost hers to a fire right before Christmas. He covered her expenses as she waited for its reconstruction.