PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Money is often tight during the holiday season but people still need to put food on the table. That’s why Scott Pasmore and the Arizona’s Family Surprise Squad recently went to a Fry’s Marketplace in Phoenix to pay for people’s groceries.

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Pasmore walked up to a shopper named Patrick who was in the check-out line and told him that all his groceries would be paid for.  Patrick gladly accepted the offer. “It didn’t look like you had that much stuff but you’re up around $200,” Pasmore said. “Groceries are expensive.”

 “You’re not going to change your mind are you?” Patrick asked with a smile.

“No, we’re good,” Pasmore laughed.

Pasmore found a couple named John and Donna who were in the check-out line and told them he was buying their groceries for them.  “I can’t believe that, but I thank you,” said John.

“I’m paying for everything,” Pasmore insisted. 

“But I’ve got coupons,” Donna said as she pulled some from her purse.

“You don’t even need them,” Pasmore said.  “Use them next time.”

Pasmore left the check-out line and began searching the store for other people to surprise. He found a man named Charles in a wheelchair in the middle of the freezer aisle. “Can I give you a $20 gift card?” he asked.  “We’re just handing them out.”

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Pasmore then found a woman with a bunch of egg cartons in her basket. “I’m giving you a $20 gift card,” he told her.

“That’s very nice of you,” she smiled.  “I can use it.  You see what I’m doing?”

“I see you’re buying a lot of eggs,” Pasmore noticed.  “What are you making?”

“I’m making 10 food boxes.  Thank you. I will pass this on by 3 o’clock this afternoon.”

Pasmore returned to the check-out line and surprised a shopper named Laurie.

 “You want to buy my groceries,” she asked?

“Yeah, it’s your lucky day,” Pasmore answered.

“Oh my gosh.”

“I’m Scott Pasmore with Arizona’s Family Surprise squad and Valley Toyota Dealers and we want to buy your groceries.  This has never happened to you?”


Pasmore continued to buy groceries for different shoppers at the store.  He even carried out the groceries that belonged to a woman named Margaret and helped load them in her car. “You’re going to have a fun story to tell your friends,” Pasmore said. “Think they’re going to believe you?”

“They will if they look on TV,” Margaret laughed.

As the event began wrapping up, Pasmore still had a gift card with $283 left on it. He spotted a man named Rick who was shopping with his wheelchair-bound mother.  “How are you?” he asked.

“Good,” Rick answered.

“I have this gift card that’s got $283 left on it and I’d like to give it to you two.”

“Thank you,” Rick smiled. “My mother needs some help right now.  I’ve been trying to get any kind of help for her.

“Did you have some surgery recently?” Pasmore asked the mother.

“Oh yeah, I had surgery. A lot of surgery.”

“We saw you and I’m glad we tracked you down,” Pasmore said.

“Thank you,” Rick said as he shook Pasmore’s hand.


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