Filmmaker and entertainment mogul Tyler Perry surprised an unsuspecting group with another charitable act to help those impacted by COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus. Earlier this week, Perry gave out generous tips at a Atlanta restaurant. Yesterday, the 50-year-old movie mogul purchased the groceries for elderly shoppers at 44 Kroger stores in Atlanta and 29 Winn-Dixie stores in New Orleans.
People over the age of 60 are at high risk for serious complications if they contract the virus. Many grocery stores have designated hours for senior citizens to ensure they can shop for necessary household goods during quarantine.
Perry currently resides in Atlanta, but grew up in New Orleans. The receipts for the purchases were reportedly signed “Atlanta Angel.”
An anonymous donor bought all of the groceries for every single senior citizen shopping during their special hour for elderly folks at the Toco Hills Kroger this morning. Shoppers were stunned and so grateful. When they got their receipts it was signed simply, “Atlanta Angel” ❤️ pic.twitter.com/qFN3KsEKEO
— Kaitlyn Ross 11Alive (@kaitlynross1) April 8, 2020
“We would like to join our customers in thanking Mr. Perry for his kindness and generosity during this unprecedented pandemic,” Felix Turner, manager of corporate affairs for Kroger’s Atlanta division, told The Huffington Post in a statement. “It was truly a pleasure to see our customers fill with joy and gratitude as the news spread throughout 44 stores across Metro Atlanta.”
Winn-Dixie also tweeted a statement on Wednesday thanking Perry.
“Thank you to our friend @tylerperry for paying it forward by purchasing groceries for elderly and high-risk #winndixie customers shopping at Louisiana stores this morning. Winn-Dixie applauds your love for community and sincere generosity. #StrongerTogether #WinningTogether https://t.co/hHZGhy15oT
— Winn-Dixie (@WinnDixie) April 8, 2020