A mother was in quarantine after coming into close contact with an HIV-positive person and, as a result, lost an occasional job in a cafe. She was not entitled to welfare and worried about how she was going to afford Christmas.
Another mom was driving. She started to cry when she heard the news and had to stand on the side of the road to pull herself together. A father told staff he had $ 10 in his bank account after losing his job. He said the couple’s generosity will mean their twins will receive a birthday present next week.
It’s been a tough year for the retail industry, and Mills said the cash infusion would do wonders for his struggling business.
“I’ve had a lot of sleepless nights,” he says.
“From week to week we didn’t know what was going on. We didn’t know if we would be here, if I would have my house. It has been a really scary time.
This isn’t the first time Good Samaritans have paid breaks in Toyworld stores.
Brand manager Donna White, Associated Retailer Limited, owner of the popular Toyworld brand, said similar acts of kindness have occurred at least four times in recent years.
She said generous foreigners also paid breaks at Toyworld stores in Pakenham in south-east Melbourne, Canberra and Gympie and Burleigh Waters in Queensland.
“There are some very nice people there,” she said. “It gives everyone a really good feeling.”
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