HERO CENTRAL: Robins Federal Credit Union Buys Groceries for Macon Shoppers | News
"We're just picking random shoppers, just going up to them, walking up to them and paying for their groceries and just doing a good deed for somebody," said David Bass, branch manager for Robins Federal Credit Union in Downtown Macon.
Thanks to the help of his credit card and something called the Give Back Project, Bass along with members of the Robins Federal Credit Union Give Back Team paid for groceries and even pharmacy prescriptions at the Kroger store off Gray Highway in Macon.
"Praise the Lord, I was in this grocery line and this young man walked up and told me, he said he was going to buy me some groceries and I said praise the Lord. I said ain't nobody can do that but the Lord," said one woman who is a 13WMAZ viewer.
"What we're doing is a special program from Robins Federal Credit Union, giving back to the community, doing something special for others, hoping they'll pay it forward to other people," said Bass.
Bass said many families are struggling to buy food in this economy. He said the team decided a stop at a local grocery store was the best way to give back. On this day, they spent about $350 at the Macon Kroger Store.
"It was definitely a shock, and a really good surprise. I really needed it. It's great that people actually have the ability to be able to do that and all they ask in return is a good deed for somebody else," said Jennifer Mock.
For JoAnn Murray, her shopping visit also included an appointment to get her flu shot. She was surprised to find out that she too was in the right place at the right time.
"I couldn't believe it!"
She says she and her niece had a full basket with a week's worth of groceries, totaling $74.57.
Bass says he and his team pick random spots to give back. He said they don't have a budget for how much they spend at each location, it just depends on their giving mood. They go out two to three times a week surprising people at places like gas stations, coffee shops, pharmacies and grocery stores in more than a dozen counties throughout Central Georgia.
You can follow Robins Federal Credit Union's Give Back Team to see where they might be headed next.
Go to www.robinsfcu.org and click on their Facebook link.