KCMO Teen Buys Other People’s Groceries, Gas

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When you're checking out at the grocery store, you don't often think a complete stranger is going to pay for your groceries.

But that's exactly what happened at the Blue Parkway Sun Fresh Monday.

The grocery store was bustling after 5 p.m. with a line of families checking out. Each person had a different story about how hard it's been to buy the things they need.

"I was in trying to do a little bit of grocery shopping with my last $40," Antoinette Allen said.

"I am a struggling college student and it's hard enough buying my own groceries," Brittanie McKenna said.

"I was here, I have my aunt here, she lives alone, so I was here to buy, get her stocked up," Mike Nugent said.

But each one of them and many others, didn't have to pay a single dime because of Tyler Nash.

"He must've known that for the last two-and-a-half years, my husband has been out of work and I've been trying to put it on myself and I am so thankful. I'm going to start balling here in a minute. But I am so thankful for what he's doing," Georgia Lewis said.

"When I get home, I'm telling my sister that I got all these groceries for free and she probably won't believe me, but yeah, it's pretty amazing," McKenna said.

"I did not have enough and I had left the rest of my groceries in a basket and was just going to get what I could afford and coming through the line, they asked could they pay for it. Really, I don't know what more to say other than this was a huge blessing for me," Allen said.

Nash has $2,000 in envelopes he's using to buy other people's groceries and he is also giving away $25 gas cards, totaling a little more than $2,500.

"We live in a culture that's selfish, we live in a society that promotes selfishness," he said. "But I want to bring about a generation of generosity."

Nash is a licensed minister. He said he raises money through his website and through donations.

"People know my heart, so it didn't take very long. It did not take very long. It took just the latter part of last year," Nash said about raising the money for this first-time event.

Nash hopes everyone he's helping will do something nice for someone else.

Besides the shock of having a stranger foot your bill, those Nash helped can't believe how old he is.

"He's 17 years old, that's amazing. What an excellent young man, I mean, kids don't do things like that anymore. That's pretty incredible," Mike Nugent said.

Nash turns 18 this month.  He said that means he'll be able to formally establish his non-profit, Tyler Nash Ministries.  He said he will have complete control and continue helping people out.

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