Odie Lorimer has the heart of a giver.
“I just wanted to make a statement, to remind people the world’s not all bad,” he said.
When his neighbor, Sue Marshall, mentioned her daughter was working on a big project, Lorimer decided to help out.
The daughter is Jamie Johnson, and she was diligently collecting stamps as part of a SaveMart rewards promotion. Shoppers can earn one stamp for every $10 spent, then save them up to exchange for pots and pans from Thomas Cookware. Each piece costs between 70 and 120 stamps. To get the whole set, Johnson would need 930 stamps. That means she would have to spend more than $9,000 on groceries before Jan. 20 when the promotion ends.
Lorimer refused to let that stand. The Lodi resident put a message up on Facebook, asking friends to shop at SaveMart during the holidays and send him their stamps. Friends from Sacramento to Santa Clara agreed, sending in hundreds of stamps over the past weeks. But that wasn’t quite enough. To get more stamps, Lorimer went into SaveMart stores and scouted out shoppers with full carts. Lorimer asked those shoppers to donate their stamps to his mission.
He finally hit number 930 two weeks ago. It was time for the fun part.
At 1 p.m. Saturday, Johnson’s mother brought her along on what was supposed to be a normal shopping trip.
Instead, Lorimer was there to present Johnson with a full set of Thomas Cookware, gift wrapped and ready to take home.
“Oh you are such a sweetheart!” said Johnson. “This is going to be so great. Now we can do some cooking!”
Johnson said she had been eyeing the cookware for a while, since her pots and pans at home aren’t holding up. She plans to break out some new recipes and make a great big holiday meal.
Marshall was thrilled to have played a part in making this happen for her daughter. She thought Johnson might end up with one or two new pans.
Lorimer said collecting these stamps for Johnson opened his eyes.
“I didn’t realize people would be that generous. I’m pretty impressed with how it came together, and I don’t regret one minute of the time I spent on it,” he said.
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