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Stranger in queue pays for poor mum's diapers

Katie Kanefke has to scrimp and save to raise her four-month-old son. Every little bit counts.

Her husband, Jimmy, is the sole breadwinner and they live on a tight budget.

On Sunday, she placed four diaper packs in her shopping cart, thinking she would get a discounted price. She didn't.

The Walmart cashier in South Dakota declined to match a competitor's lower price on the item, so Ms Kanefke decided to buy only one pack.

This would have ended as a sad tale for the young mother if not for a startling act of kindness.

Ms Carol Flynn, 73, who had been waiting in line to pay for her items, forked out US$120 (S$150) to pay for the diapers.

The kind deed was secretly filmed by another shopper Jason Yoshino, who put it up on his Facebook page that very night. 

The video has since gone viral, garnering 29,000 likes and 7,400 shares.

On the touching act, Mail Online reported Ms Kanefke as saying: "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," she said.

Ms Flynn, however, didn't think too much of her pay-it-forward action.

Argus Leader reported Ms Flynn as saying: "I just think we should do things like that. That's kind of my thinking."

She told ABC News: "Diapers are for babies and babies are on my heart. We’re always concerned about mums and healthy babies."

 Mr Yoshino said on his Facebook status when posting the video:  "My wife and I were speechless at this warm hearted and kind act of generosity. There are some amazing people in this world. What a way to end such a beautiful day to witness such an amazing act of kindness." 

Watch the video here.

Sources: ABC News, Argus Leader, Mail Online

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