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Mom Buying Diapers Receives Random Act Of Kindness

PUBLISHED ON 07/03/2014

When Carol Flynn left a South Dakota Walmart after paying for a stranger's diapers, she didn't expect the kind of publicity that came her way.

Flynn, 73, noticed that the customer in front of her was going to discard three 148-count boxes of Pampers diapers when the cashier would only price-match one box to a lesser amount. Although the woman tried to politely decline Flynn's help, Flynn covered the $120 purchase.

"Not that I’m wealthy or have a lot of money, but I certainly could afford to do that, so it was kind of an easy thing to do,” Flynn, a retired March of Dimes state director, told

Unbeknownst to both women, Sioux Falls resident Jason Yoshino was behind them, documenting the entire act of kindness on his smartphone. Naturally, he posted it on Facebook, where it quickly went viral.

The mother, Katie Kanefke, is the stay-at-home mom of a 4-month-old. She told her local paper she plans to pay the favor forward.

We love when people lend moms and moms-to-be a hand. Good people of the subway: take a hint!

Place your bets: how long does it take the baby to go through all 592 diapers?