After a mother decided to rent a movie from a nearby Redbox, she rushed home to spend the night relaxing in front of her television. However, when she opened up the case, she quickly realized that there was something hidden inside along with the DVD, and once she saw what it was, she was left in complete disbelief.
The mother, whose name has not been revealed, had rented a movie at her local Redbox station. After returning home, she picked up and opened the DVD case only to discover that she had gotten more than just a movie. Completely stunned, she quickly shared what she found with her daughter, Liz, who immediately shared the unexpected discovery on Twitter, and the incident has now gone viral.
The mother had found much more than just a DVD inside the case. Carefully tucked inside the DVD case was five folded $20 bills and a note. However, it’s what the note said that has captured everyone’s attention.
According to The Sun, the note read, “Hello! My name is Marcos. Every month I take $100 that I’d normally spend on myself and give it away to a stranger. This month I decided to change it up and put it in a Redbox DVD. You are the first giveaway of 2017! I just ask that you put the money to good use; if you don’t need it, give it away. If you do need it, keep it.”
The mother and daughter, as well as many people on social media, have been left stunned by Marcos’ selfless act of kindness. “My mom was just hoping to relax & enjoy a movie, but instead God blessed her with more,” Liz wrote in her tweet. “Marcos whoever you are, God bless you. @redbox”
Everyone who saw the story on social media loved it. One person kindly encouraged, “That’s incredible. Hopefully, your mom will repeat the good deed down the line. #payitforward.” Another person said, “That’s fantastic. Proof that good souls are out there.” Another person boldly admitted, “Paying It Forward gives you a warm, fuzzy feelin] ..I can’t say I can be as generous as Marcos….but I try !!!”
When we go out to rent a movie from Redbox, no one anticipates finding anything other than the movie inside the case when we get home. However, Marcos was able to take his selfless act and add a bit of mystery and fun into the mix.
He voluntarily gave away $100 of his hard-earned money every month that he would ordinarily spend on himself. Instead of just offering it to a random person he came in contact with, he discovered a unique way to pay-it-forward and then offer it to a complete stranger who would never, in most cases, come in contact with him.
The internet is a small world! My niece saw your tweet in her feed and sent it to me. Glad I made your mom's day!
— marcos campos (@marcosanthonyc) January 29, 2017
Remarkably, Marcos’ niece saw the tweet and immediately alerted her uncle that his gesture was going viral. “The internet is a small world! My niece saw your tweet in her feed and sent it to me,” Marcos wrote. “Glad I made your mom’s day!”
This story should inspire the rest of us to do something kind for a stranger. Of course, it doesn’t have to involve lots of money – any kind gesture, no matter how small, can go a long way. Perhaps we can take a tip from Marcos and set out a certain amount of money every month to selflessly give to someone else. With the world in disarray, it’s important that we help one another, and there’s nothing more empowering than making someone smile with a simple act of kindness.