Tyler Perry pays for seniors' groceries in Georgia and Louisiana

Tyler Perry surprised Winn Dixie shoppers across Louisiana by paying for their groceries on...
Tyler Perry surprised Winn Dixie shoppers across Louisiana by paying for their groceries on April 8. (Source: WAFB)(WTVY News 4)
Published: Apr. 9, 2020 at 3:23 PM CDT
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(CNN) — You can say some senior shoppers got a Tyler Perry discount Wednesday morning.

The actor-producer covered their grocery bills at dozens of stores in Georgia and Louisiana. Perry picked up the tabs during the senior hour at Kroger and Winn-Dixie grocery stores.

This is not the first time that he helped people in need.

Last year, Perry used his private plane to send supplies to hurricane survivors in the Bahamas.

Still, many seniors were in disbelief when they heard he picked up their bills.

"It was amazing to see their reactions. Some people cried, which, of course, I'm very emotional so it made me tear up," Winn-Dixie store manager Suzanne Balaylock said. "Some people were like 'this isn't happening, how can this be this happening, this is just amazing, why would he do this?'"

Perry is a New Orleans native and he currently lives in Atlanta.

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - Several Winn-Dixie shoppers got quite a great start to their Wednesday as they discovered actor and movie producer Tyler Perry paid for their groceries.

Perry and Winn-Dixie joined forces to provide thousands of elderly and high-risk customers with free groceries in all 29 Louisiana stores Wednesday morning (April 8).

The Louisiana native purchased food and other essentials for customers during the Senior and High-Risk Shopping Hour.

One man says he went to the Winn-Dixie in Amite, an employee at the door handed him a piece of paper, and told him to hand it to the cashier at the checkout. When he did, the cashier told him his grocery bill was being paid by Tyler Perry.

Another lady says she was at the Winn-Dixie in New Orleans on Tchoupitoulas Street when she also had her tab paid for by the actor.

People have been taking to social media to share their experiences. Twitter users say Perry paid for items at stores in Gramercy, Luling, Baton Rouge, and other various locations.

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