Friendship formed after grocery theft

Good deed: Wendy Ansell arrived at the door of a 90-year-old Murray Bridge resident, groceries in hand, after she heard his had been stolen. Photo: E.Zirkel.

Good deed: Wendy Ansell arrived at the door of a 90-year-old Murray Bridge resident, groceries in hand, after she heard his had been stolen. Photo: E.Zirkel.

When Wendy Ansell heard that a 90-year-old man had his groceries stolen on Sunday she arrived at his door with bags of food.

“We just need to help out where we can,” Ms Ansell said. 

“It’s important to give back in any way we are able to.

“When I heard the news I just wanted to help where I could.

The 90-year-old, who wished to remain anonymous, said he had completed his weekly shop at The Marketplace when two people who offered to help him with his groceries took-off with his bags as he went to open the car.

“I had done my weekly shop. You know the type of shop where you buy yourself the bits and pieces you don’t get every day,” he said.

“These two people who had offered to help me get my groceries to my car, suddenly took off without them.

“I was completely shocked.”

Wendy Ansell heard the news from a friend who had witnessed the incident and arrived at the man’s door and offered him a replacement of the stolen items.

“When I first hear about I thought I needed to do something,” Ms Ansell said. 

“I asked my friend for his name and luckily we shared mutual friends who was able to put me in touch with him.

“We have since become wonderful friends.

“Even though I didn’t know him before the incident, I just thought I would pop over with some groceries. 

“Everyone refers to my pantry as ‘Woolworths’ as it is, so I stocked up on some of the essentials and brought them over.

“I felt so upset for him when I heard about it. We live in a close community and it shouldn’t be defined by the bad things that happen because there is so much good.”

The 90-year-old said despite what life throws your way, it is important to remain positive.

“I now have a great new friend,” he said. 

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