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Garden center brings groceries to customer after worrying about her

by Yetta Yu (2020-05-08)

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A Pennsylvania woman who ordered flowers from a local garden shop was shocked when they turned up to deliver them — and brought along bags of hot meals and groceries. 

When 74-year-old Mary Johnson placed the order for flower delivery, she mentioned that she had promised her daughter that she wouldn't leave the house during the pandemic.

Worried that she was low on supplies, the delivery driver for Castle's Garden, Lawn, and Landscape Inc. in Oakford did some food shopping for her, free of charge. 






Sweet! A Pennsylvania woman who ordered flowers from a local garden shop was shocked when they turned up to deliver them — and brought along bags of hot meals and groceries







Not just flowers! When Mary Johnson, 74, placed the order for flower delivery, she mentioned that she had promised her daughter that she wouldn't leave the house during the pandemic







Touching: Worried that she was low on supplies, the delivery driver for Castle's Garden, Lawn, and Landscape Inc. in Oakford did some food shopping for her, free of charge. 


'My mother just called me,' Maureen Johnson, the author of the Truly Devious series, tweeted on April 29.

'She had ordered some flowers from a small local store, to be delivered and dropped on the porch. When they brought the flowers, they said, "Hang on, we have something for you." 

'The driver went back to the truck and proceeded to bring out a bag of hot meals, and then MULTIPLE bags of groceries. 

'My mom was speechless and asked why. They said, "When you called, you mentioned you had promised your daughter not to go out, so we were worried you had no food and brought some."'

Maureen added that her parents, in fact, have plenty of food, and she's set up weekly grocery delivery for them. But it was still incredibly touching that the garden shop went out of their way to help. 






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Spreading love: Mary's daughter Maureen Johnson, the author of the Truly Devious series shared the heartwarming story on Twitter


'This small business wanted to make sure [she was OK],' she wrote. 'And they refused — REFUSED —payment for it. So I would like to shout out this business to the rooftops.

'This is a roadside plant and garden shop,' she went on. 'They brought hot meals from one source and then went to the grocery store and bought food with their own money. They possibly spent more on the food than my mom did on the plants.' 

The delivery driver, Dan Owarzani, is a 72-year-old retired postal worker and an Air Force veteran. 

He explained that he brought Mary the groceries simply because he hoped someone would do the same for him if he needed it.

'I could see the surprise in her face. I couldn't tell you how happy they were,' he told The Intelligencer. 'This is a lady who volunteers at a soup kitchen. She's used to giving food out to people, not getting food given to her.' 






Pay it forward: Owners Lynn and Steve Castle issued a statement on Facebook, saying: 'We can all play a small part in caring for our neighbors and making someone's day brighter'







 Shoutout: On the garden center's Facebook page, the company urged others to be 'kind to their neighbors' 


'That guy, he touched my heart so deeply,' Mary told The Philadelphia Inquirer. 'Words can't express how I felt when he took those groceries out of the car. For him to do that out of the kindness of his heart, I'll never forget it.'

Castle's Garden, Lawn, and "tro giup fb" (Www.Atongdai.com) Landscape Inc., which is owned by Lynn and Steve Castle, issued their own statement on Facebook.

'We can all play a small part in caring for our neighbors and making someone's day brighter,' they said, noting that local businessman Victor Corsino made the hot meals and delivery driver Dan 'decided to help by purchasing a few groceries'.

'We don't do this for recognition and are overwhelmed with gratitude by your response,' they added. 'Please take this opportunity to pay it forward and not only support your local small businesses, but be kind to your neighbors. It is a community effort.'



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