Suffolk: Is Pay it Forward responsible for riddle of phantom shopping donor?

Groceries are appearing on door steps in Suffolk

Groceries are appearing on door steps in Suffolk - Credit: PA

IT has left police and the lucky recipients baffled.

Charley Johnson - Pay it Foward

Charley Johnson - Pay it Foward - Credit: Archant

But now the leader of an international good-will movement, which encourages acts of kindness, has said he believes his members were responsible for leaving grocery bags at homes across Suffolk.

Charley Johnson, head of the global Pay-it-Forward movement said that food left on doorsteps in Friston, Aldeburgh and Leiston is someone’s attempt to “make the world better for future generations.”

He said that the Pay-it-Forward philosophy, which gained prominence in the Hollywood film of the same name where a child does three good deeds for others rather than paying a favour back, was gathering momentum.

Speaking from Salt Lake City in Utah, Mr Johnson said: “This definitely sounds like us.


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“I think we have tens of millions of people across the world that want to do good - they want to make the world better for their kids for future generations - they just don’t know what to do.

“They might think that they need to be a millionaire or a celebrity to do something but we are constantly telling them you don’t. You can be an everyday person and you can hold a door, you can leave bags of shopping, you can do these simple little things and finally people are beginning to understand how good that feels and also how impactful it is.”

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Mr Johnson said the value of the grocery drops last week, which included coffee, bags of pasta, porridge oats, salad items and jam, could be “priceless”.

He added: “As well as the groceries, people are simply gaining a better mindset. They may have lost that faith of humanity, they don’t believe anyone is out to help them. They think: ‘It’s me against the world, my boss doesn’t like me, my friends don’t like me, I don’t like that neighbour’, then all of a sudden some complete stranger buys their groceries.

“Everything shifts, you will be able to relive that day time and time again.”

Mr Johnson said he believed china ornaments left with notes outside homes in Godolphin Close, Bury St Edmunds, in March last year could also be connected to Pay it Forward.

Last week the East Anglian Daily Times reported that three bags of shopping were found at an address in Friston. The bags were handed over to Leiston Police. Three days later, two bags of groceries, including packs of Cornflakes were left outside a home in Aldeburgh. Then salad items and face products were reported at a home in Leiston.

An international Pay it Forward day is planned for April 25. For more information see www.pifexperience.org.

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