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Robins surprises shoppers
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Nov 27, 2013 | 1189 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Harveys manager Todd Lowe, Mary Layson (center), and June Nelson at the front of the store after Nelson, on behalf of Robins Federal Credit Union, purchased Layson’s groceries.
Harveys manager Todd Lowe, Mary Layson (center), and June Nelson at the front of the store after Nelson, on behalf of Robins Federal Credit Union, purchased Layson’s groceries.
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June Nelson, branch manager of Robins Federal Credit Union in Gray, helped several people celebrate Thanksgiving last week with a surprise purchase of their groceries or gas.

The credit union created the SWAG Patrol (Showing We Appreciate by Giving back) in 2010 in an effort to give back to the community by conducting random acts of kindness.

Nelson said she was given $500 by the SWAG Patrol Nov. 18, with instructions to go out and help people in the community.

Her first stop was Harveys, where she met Mary Layson. Nelson purchased her groceries for $117.93 and found out Layson had been through a tough week.

“She is dealing with cancer and learned that it is terminal.  Ms. Layson told me that she was buying the groceries to cook a good meal for some people who had not had one in a while,” Nelson said. 

After Nelson returned to the branch, Layson’s daughter came in to tell her more. 

“The daughter said that her mother has had the worst week ever dealing with chemo and her hair falling out.  They are trying to get her moved into a little house next door to them, and friends and family have been working on it to get it ready for her to move in,” she said. 

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