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Couple Wins Shopping Spree, Comes Home With Nothing

Instead, they donate it all to local food bank in Canada
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2019 11:42 AM CDT
Updated Jun 22, 2019 7:00 AM CDT
Chantal Leroux and Ryan Warren opted to give back.   (Getty Images/Aleksandr_Vorobev)

(Newser) – "I immediately envisioned grabbing all sorts of things for my own cupboard," Chantal Leroux tells CBC News of the moment she learned she'd won a US $375 shopping spree at an Alberta grocery store. "A couple seconds later, I thought what a great opportunity to be able to give back." That's exactly what Leroux and partner Ryan Warren did, using their 50 seconds of shopping time at Bragg Creek Foods to fill a cart with non-perishable items for the Calgary Food Bank. Manning the cart before 8am Saturday, Warren first piled in diapers, then raced for canned goods, per CTV News.

They ended up collecting nearly $450 worth of goods, but the Grocery People, the company behind the giveaway, covered the difference. The haul was just one part of the couple's good deed. Warren also rallied three car dealerships to donate a combined $1,100 to the food bank. "There's a lot of people that are going to have diapers, pasta and coffee and that wouldn't have happened if these people hadn't been so incredibly generous," says a food bank rep. (Maybe it's a Canadian thing?)

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