In the spirit of giving during the holiday season, one woman spent thousands of dollars to pay for people’s groceries at two Arkansas grocery stores. Ashley Ann Jones owns a social media firm and decided to do her part after witnessing the long lines at food banks because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local news station, KARK-TV, reported that Jones spent over $28,000 between two Kroger grocery stores in the area. She told KARK-TV, “I was like, I’m going to buy groceries.”
The manager at one of the stores was able to witness firsthand the joy it brought to be people as they paid. Joseph Mayo told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that her act of kindness was “a great Christmas gift.” As shoppers were getting ready to pay out they would “come up and we’d say, ‘Your groceries are paid for,’ and they’d be like ‘Are you serious? Really?’” he told the Gazette.
She tries to give back to her community regularly and in addition to this kind act, she was able to give away $35,000 to her followers that were in need of some help.
Jones told KARK-TV, “Do what you can where you are.” She also spoke with the Gazette about the disappointment of not being able to partake in her regular holiday traditions.
Ashley enjoys putting together a Christmas party for her friends and family but because of the pandemic this year, that wasn’t allowed to happen. “It is a bummer that you can’t do your regular traditions,” Jones told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “but at the same time [I] think of how blessed we are; none of us passed away, we all still have employment, we all still have a roof over our heads.”
Depending on what the next year holds and how the rollout of vaccinations plays out, she hopes to throw her party a little early next year. “It’s inconvenient, but we can have our Christmas party in July if we want to,” she said.