In November 2015, a San Diego woman was in the checkout line of Trader Joe's with her baby. The child began to cry and the mother's credit card was declined because she'd been traveling.
Matthew Jackson came to the rescue. He paid for Jamie-Lynne Knighten's groceries, all $200 of it. "May I? May I take care of your groceries?" Knighten told KNSD.
Straight out of Pay It Forward, Jackson's only request was that she "promise to do it for somebody else."
The very next day, Jackson was dead. Knighten, determined to contact Jackson about his generosity, recalled that he worked at LA Fitness. When she contacted them, a manager told her Knighten was killed in a car accident, not far from the store where he had paid for her groceries.
She wrote on her Facebook page, "I still cannot believe it. I thought for sure I would get the chance to see him again, give him a hug and thank him at least once more in person. Now I won't get that chance, but more importantly no one else will get the chance to meet him. And that breaks my heart."
Friends, family, and well-wishers have been reaching out and committing to pass on good deeds in Jackson's memory.
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H/T: America Now