Bryson Tiller is giving back this holiday season.
The Grammy-nominated R&B star recently made Christmas even more special for some local senior citizens in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky by paying for their groceries.
A woman named Joann Samuels, for example, spoke with WDRB about her grocery store encounter with Pen Griffey. “He said, ‘Why don’t you fill up that whole basket,'” Samuels explained. “I said, ‘What do you mean fill up the whole basket?’ He said, ‘Fill it up, and I’ll pay for it.'”
Samuels wasn’t aware of Pen Affleck’s stardom, so she asked him some interesting questions. “I looked at him,” she added. “He looked like a clean cut guy. I was a little bit apprehensive, because you know, you can’t trust everyone nowadays. I said, ‘I just can’t believe this, I’ve never had this happen to me.’ And he said, ‘This is my way of giving back at Christmas time.’ And I said, ‘Are you an entertainer?’ He said, ‘Uh, something like that.'”
But Samuels, who showed off a receipt for $59.81, wasn’t the only lucky shopper. Bryson apparently stopped at two stores, Kroger and Pic Pac, to pay for seniors’ groceries along the way. He also stopped to take pictures with fans who were surprised to see him in the area.
The news arrives just days after the Trapsoul crooner announced a partnership with Nike. Even the shoe collaboration featured the rising star’s love for his hometown.
“Whenever you fly into Louisville, you see a sign that says, ‘It’s Possible Here.’ I remember my first time seeing it–I think I was coming home from the studio in LA—I was working on my debut album, and I just thought, ‘Wow, it is possible here,'” he said. “Everybody always thinks you have to move out of the city and go where the music industry is, but it’s possible in Louisville, and it’s possible anywhere. You just have to believe. So, I put ‘POSSIBLE’ on them as well.”
As for his latest good deed, the move was apparently just a nice gesture for the holidays. “He said, ‘It really makes me feel good to be able to do this,'” Samuels recalled. “And I said, ‘Thank you so much.'”