Seen & Heard: Paying it forward

M. wrote with this sweet story: “I found myself at checkout at Whole Foods this afternoon without my wallet and Apple Pay on my phone would not go through. The cashier put my three items aside to attend to the next customer in line whilst I called my bank to check what the issue was. After holding for 10 minutes, the cashier came up to me with my items and said the woman she had just served paid for my items! I ran out of the store to thank her but couldn’t find her so I just wanted to say thank you and how touched I was by her thoughtfulness, particularly at a time when there is so much hate and division in the world. I will certainly pay that one forward!”

Girl Scout Troop 3150 in Battery Park City is organizing the collection of vital supplies to aid the residents affected by the volcanic eruption on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent. The drive will take place in front of PS/IS 276 on Thursday and Friday, April 29 and 30, before school and after school: 8 to 8:45a and 1:15 to 2p. The goods will be brought to a Brooklyn-based Saint Vincentian community group and shipped directly to Saint Vincent in the next few days.

The idea came about when one of the scouts learned that her long-standing babysitter (now friend) from the island was concerned for her family. Last week the troop zoomed directly with people on Saint Vincent who had to flee the eruptions and are now living in shelters. “Their stories were very powerful and the girls wanted to help,” said Jo Clark, the troop leader. The troop has been asked to collect any of the following: toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, toothbrushes, period products, underwear, diapers, baby wipes, blankets, cooking oil, rice, noodles, snacks and clothing, shoes and socks in new or very good condition.