A kind-hearted father has became an internet hero overnight.

Ryan O’Donnell, 34, paid for an elderly woman’s groceries when her card was declined said he did so because she reminded him of his grandmother.

He was shopping with his two children at Wyoming Coles on the NSW Central Coast on Tuesday when he saw the elderly woman having trouble paying for her groceries.

Mr O’Donnell, a stay at home father of a young girl and boy, told Daily Mail Australia he decided to help because it was how his parents raised him.

‘Realistically it was just because the lady reminded me of my mum and grandma and that’s how my mum and dad brought me up,’ he said.

‘If you can help, you do it where and when to the best of your ability.’

Mr O’Donnell said the elderly woman had tried to use her card to pay for her groceries but it was repeatedly declined.

‘Someone was trying to tell her to try different account and it didn’t work so they took her to the front area and I walked past and overheard,’ he said.

The 34-year-old said he offered to pay for the bill, which was ‘less than $50.’

Mr O’Donnell said the woman, whose items were packed away in her wheelie cart, asked him how she could repay him.

‘I said you don’t have to worry about it,’ he said.

The random act of kindness inspired a passerby to take a photo of Mr O’Donnell and the woman.

‘This guy at Wyoming Coles who just went through the register with his two kids paid for this lady’s groceries when her card kept declining,’ the passerby, Luke, wrote on Twitter. The passerby said the woman offered to eventually pay the man back, but he wouldn’t have it.

‘He just said, ‘Don’t worry, have a good day’,’ the kind stranger told the woman.

Amazing act of kindness!

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  • oh that is a nice guy right there. good on him! what an example to his child


  • I Actually saw this wonderful man on TV and it appears he has had his share of money troubles at times as well.
    Any how it is people like him that make the world a far better place…wishing all the very best to him and may good health and much happiness always be with him.
    Thanks Mate. xx


  • Always my favourite stories, the ones of kindhearted and community minded random acts of kindness. A wonderful act of generosity by this man and a big yay for him. He made someones day just a bit special and proved that there is more love and kindness in the world than hate. Unfortunately hate stories make the news more than the ones full of love and kindness for each other.


  • In a world that seems to be getting crazier by the minute, it is lovely to see such kindness and decency.


  • His mum n dad must b so proud there should more people like him in this world onya mate u havent just made this lady’s day i think ypuve made everyone day☺


  • Bless you Mr O’Donnell, your parents taught you well ! Hope we all can have our eyes and heart open for those around us who need help.


  • That such a beautiful thing to do.
    Not uncommon in my area. Melbourne.
    I read at least one story month where a member of our community has paid someone bill


  • A huge thank you to the gentleman who paid for the elderly lady’s groceries.

    I have been in a similar situation but for a very different reason. The Bank’s computer had a meltdown and froze my accounts. I didn’t know it had rejected direct debits for my utility accounts plus insurance, internet and telephone. I only found out when I tried to buy perishable groceries worth $70.00 after having a virus for 3 weeks. I will add that the total of funds in my accounts was about $10,000.00 because I was saving for an overseas holiday. It took nearly an hour for the bank to be able to release the money I borrowed from a friend at short notice. Two meetings later I still never got an explanation. They did admit it was their error. They didn’t apologise to the companies they refused to pay on time. Fortunately the companies concerned did waive the late fees


  • what a heartwarming story – lets hope there are more people like that man in our country – and we can all take a lesson and do our best to help someone out with a Random Act of Kindness – I’m going to talk to my girls about what we can do – thank you for sharing the article


  • A wonderful act of kindness,what a lovely man!


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