Helping A Family Member With Groceries


A family member comes over. We started talking. She told me how they have no food. Except can foods. No meats. I suggest we stop at Albertsons. That way I can buy her $25.00 worth of meat. As she would be able to buy five different meats for her family. if she does it right. She can stretch those meats further than five meals.

We drove to Albertson’s but they were closed already. I told her to drive over to the nearest store. Where I will buy her some meat.

We get to the next store. I help her with shopping to find good deals on meats. I also throw in a few other things. Such as milk, cucumbers, bread etc.

When we walking out. She tried to take the receipt. She said she was going to pay me back. I put the receipt in my wallet. I would not let her take it. I told her she was family and she does not have to pay me back. She insisted. I refused explaining one day may come when I may need a favor from her.

I ended with : God says to help your fellow man. To give to charity. That is what I am doing.

I did give her the $20 on top of buying her groceries. I told her to spend it on her and the kids. Nor her husband. I told her I don’t care if she gets cigarettes or fill the gas tank. Whatever she needs. However, I repeated not to use on her husband.

It felt good to help a family member in need. I did not help out in order to be paid back or to get help in return. I hope I never need help in return. I did it because it was the right thing to do. I know it isn’t much. It is all I can do right now. Til another check comes in.

I also told her of a food bank that I know passes out meat in town. I hope she goes. I will find out if she does or not. As I sent her to the one my boyfriend helps out at. This will let me know if she is pulling the wool over my eyes or really does need the help.

When was the last time you helped someone in need?


  1. Marie Edgerly

    My husband and I always help others in need if we can. We have had friends and family helps us as well. I commend you for doing for your friend alot of people wouldn’t have done that.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      Thank you. I can see the struggle. As i have been through a similar struggle in life. It sucks when you have no one to turn to. I can’t turn someone away that I know is trying.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      Thank you. That is what I am trying to do. The last people I tried to help before this didn’t turn out so well. I decided I was not going to let one bad apple to stop me from helping others.

  2. Martha DeMeo

    We are always helping out in one way or another. We don’t have much since we are still paying my son-in-laws hospital and funeral bills but it makes me feel good that I can help someone out, even if only helping with a gallon of milk or bread. We’re always bringing things to our elderly neighbor and she too also asks how much, I tell her next time. LOL She bakes the best cookies and brings over a plate of cookies when my hubby mows her lawn.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      Sometimes that is all I have, is a little to give. I am willing to help. Whenever I can.

  3. Dawn Rae

    What a kind thing to help feed a family. The last kindness I did was going to West Virginia to help the flood victims. And my thoughts remain with them every single day.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      That was nice of you to go help them. I seen some of that flooding on Facebook. It was horrible.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      Yes, too many people let pride get in the way. I do know some of the people in my family when they help, they expect to be paid back if they spend a penny on you.

      I can’t be that way. Not unless it was a large amount, where I would consider it a loan.

      I was raised to give your last dollar when you can. But do not expect it back. Do it out of kindness from your heart.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      I do hope most people are this way. I have came across people who only help for the money, to have something owed to them, or in debt. Not out of kindness.

  4. Angeles Fernandez

    So good from you, @rusty2rusty. And the best thing is you do it just because you think that’s the right thing. I can say we needed help in the past, and they were there, my family, helping us without expecting to be payed back. So, I know what you are talking about. Great! God bless you.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      I am extremely grateful God blessed me enough to be able to help someone else.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      Yes, we sure do. Being compassionate gives others hope. As long as people have hope. They will keep trying to improve their life.

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