Al and Cal Homes and Community: A Random Act of Kindness at the Supermarket!

A Random Act of Kindness at the Supermarket!

 A Random Act of Kindness at the Supermarket!

Yes, day 28 of the 30 day blogging challenge has crept up on us, and I was hitting the proverbial blogging wall.    And then it hit me.   A random act of kindness, in of all places, the supermarket!

Remax Executive Realty established a charitable foundation in 2009 .    It's mission is to help families in need in our market area in what ever way we can.    The foundation has supported folks that were/are ill, to victims of fire, to local heroes who have encountered a physical hardship while fighting in the war, to helping build homes with Habitat for Humanity and more.  donation to food pantries, remax executive realty charitable foundation  

This holiday season, the Remax Executive Charitable Foundation allotted a substantial amount of money to be donated to various food pantries in the communities that we serve.     I was asked to help one of these out and do some shopping for them.     I made contact, found out what they needed and headed off to the supermarket to pick up their items.   

This particular pantry needed a vast number of the same types of items.    As you can imagine it fills up a cart rather quickly.    Two even.    I dutifully counted out the items and filled my carts.   I had my handy dandy cell phone that doubles as a calculator with me.   It all seemed to work out perfectly.   Too perfectly.       Exactly the number of items for this pantry matched up exactly (within pennies) of my donation amount.  

As I got my carriages to the register, the poor Bagger's eyes went wide.    I emptied the items on to the conveyor.   The cashier couldn't have been nicer as I asked her to make sure I didn't exceed the specified amount of money.    As she gets to the end of the order, yes, you guessed it by now, I have not counted correctly.    I am over budget and I have no other cash with me.

No worries, I think.  It's not a big deal,  I will just take some of them off.    In a thoughtful, quiet and simple act the lady in line behind me reaches into her wallet and slides the cashier the shortfall.   "I like to support the food pantries too," she says.

I guess now it's my turn to pay it forward.   



About the author

Carol-Ann PalmieriCarol-Ann Palmieri, 

a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 25 years along with Al Mussi have helped hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.

 A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education. 

 Licensed in MA and RI...

 Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Norwood, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....

 Her mission....  To exceed your expectations!


Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group

Remax Executive Realty




Comment balloon 14 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • November 28 2012 04:56AM


I love this. What a sweet woman. We all need a dose of this each day.
Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) over 6 years ago

Good morning,

I too love this!! You made that woman's day by letting her contribute and she made you and the Food Bank's day by her donation!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 6 years ago

Carol, I really like stories like this. It brings awareness and helps us look for opportunities all around us.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 6 years ago

Good morning, Carol Ann.... what a nice story.... nice gestures all around....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 6 years ago

Thanks Paula, Dorie, Debbie and Barbara.   When you least expect it I guess.   Thanks for reading.  Hope you all have a great day.


Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 6 years ago

This made me tear up - I'm always touched by a gracious soul and an act of generousity. It's a wonderful reminder that we really are surrouned by kind people. I know you will pay it forward. :)

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 6 years ago

Carol-Ann, I'm so glad Paula re-blogged your story. Very powerful.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

Thanks so much for sharing this story.

Have an outstanding week.  Enjoy the colors of the holidays with your camera in hand.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 6 years ago

Terrific story Cal, given the opportunity many folks will step up to help others.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) over 6 years ago

Hi Cal, It always warms my heart when I hear stories like this and the whole world could use more folks like you and your behind in line donor. Very nice story witha great ending. I will suggest.

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 6 years ago

Carol Ann, when people see something like that, it's only natural that they feel the need to give as well. Very nice all around

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 6 years ago

I'm so glad she was behind you to help out!  I have a feeling that even if it wasn't the holiday season, that woman would have stepped up to the plate.  Great post, Carol Ann!

Posted by Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc., SF NYC LA (pha logistix inc) over 6 years ago

Hi Debb, Lottie, Roy, Al, Bob, Ed and Peggy.   Thank you all for taking the time to read this.   Your comments are appreciated.   I hope you have a great day!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 6 years ago

When I was in the grocery business I would see this from time to time and even as a store manager I would do this as well. How great this world would be if we just noticed and did the little things.

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) over 6 years ago