Stranger's random act of kindness makes family's Christmas merry

Mikayla Tumahai had a good Samaritan pay her grocery bill.
Mikayla Tumahai had a good Samaritan pay her grocery bill.  Photo: Fairfax NZ

A Blenheim mother on the verge of homelessness was overwhelmed when a stranger paid her $80 grocery bill. 

Mikayla Tumahai was living in temporary accommodation with her partner and two young children when she went to pay for a grocery bill at Blenheim Pak 'n Save.

Her Christmas Club Card, which allows people to save for festive purchases throughout the year, was declined after she entered the wrong pin.

While Tumahai talked with supermarket staff, a woman she didn't know settled her bill. 

"All she said was, 'pay it forward, merry Christmas' and walked off."

Tumahai said she was overwhelmed by the act of kindness after a stressful few weeks. 

"I almost felt like crying. I was surprised that someone could be so generous." 

The woman's generosity had inspired Tumahai to help out a struggling friend by buying her gifts and nappy supplies. 


Tumahai and her family had been living with friends and relatives but had to move out unexpectedly. 

They had difficulties finding a place to stay and ended up receiving help through Blenheim charity Crossroads to find temporary accommodation. 

"We were borderline homeless," Tumahai said.

"We didn't know where we were going to go or how we were going to pay for accommodation."

The family had secured a permanent place to move into from December 22. 

Marlborough Express