Shopper Buys $120 Worth Of Diapers For New Mom Struggling At Walmart Cash Register

Most of us just get annoyed when we’re being held up in a store line. What this woman did is amazing.

When Carol Flynn noticed a young mother struggling to pay for diapers at the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Walmart checkout, she didn’t tell her off. Instead, she pulled out her credit card and bought all $120 worth of diapers for her.


A fellow shopper was astounded by Flynn’s gesture, so he filmed it and posted it to Facebook. It quickly went viral, as many more were impressed with Flynn’s generosity. In an interview with ABC News, Flynn, 73, said:

‘Diapers are for babies and babies are on my heart. We’re always concerned about moms and healthy babies.’ [source]

The young mother, Katie Kanefke, had been trying to purchase four boxes of diapers, hoping that Walmart would agree to match a competing store’s lower price. When the store declined, Kanafke was forced to put aside three boxes of Pampers. That’s when Flynn stepped in. Of her actions, Flynn said:

‘You can’t take it with you. I just think we should do things like that. That’s kind of my thinking.’ [source]


Kanefke and her husband Jimmy have a four-month-old son named Marcus. They are on a single income, so their budget is tight. Flynn’s act of kindness is something that Kanefke will never forget. The stay-at-home mom said:

‘I couldn’t believe it. I was shocked. I kept saying thank you and God bless you. Then I walked out in the parking lot and started crying. It just hit me. It was an awesome statement of what God’s love does. If you ever needed a sign or act that shows God cares for his people and provides for them, this is it”.’ [source]

The shopper who decided to film Flynn’s act of kindness, Jason Yoshino, knew that posting Flynn’s act on Facebook would inspire others – it was liked over 23,000 times and shared over 6,000 times. Jason said:

‘Me and my wife were stunned. You hear about those things, but you don’t see them in real life. Everybody has a camera phone, and they’re recording everything. (Still), you don’t see something like that every day in life. It definitely touched a chord with me. I always try to inspire others, and I’m a huge advocate of uplifting and changing the world. I’ll never forget it, to be honest with you.’ [source]