Some shoppers were almost brought to tears of gratitude as others lifted their hands with jubilee to the heavens in the store.
“We would like to join our customers in thanking Mr. Perry for his kindness and generosity during this unprecedented pandemic,” said Felix Turner, the corporate affairs manager for Kroger’s Atlanta division. “It was truly a pleasure to see our customers fill with joy and gratitude as the news spread throughout 44 stores across metro Atlanta.”
Tyler Perry bought groceries for all 29 Winn-Dixie stores in Louisiana Wednesday morning for thousands of elderly and high-risk customers. (Winn-Dixie)
Grateful fans took to Twitter to thank him.
Said one: “My mom went to Winn Dixie this morning and as she went to check out they told her that Tyler Perry was paying for everyone in the stores groceries!! What a blessing he is!!! @tylerperry”
TMZ reports that he left a $500 tip for each of the 42 out-of-work servers at a Houston’s Restaurant on Sunday.
Perry, a big fan of the chain, left a whopping total of $21,000.
The actor-writer-director created Tyler Perry Studios as a production facility in the city, not only for his television series and film projects but also to provide an alternative to Hollywood.
At 330 acres, it’s one of the largest production facilities in the country.
Perry welcomed a who’s who of celebrity talent to usher in the new headquarters for his TV and film studio in Atlanta last year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.