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Target staff tell heartbroken Wye River mother she can ‘Fill up your trolley’

Grab some tissues before clicking play to hear Kate Beamish tell her story of kindness


A grateful Wye River mother has told how kind Target staff told her to take whatever she needs after she broke down in tears mid-store on Boxing Day.

Kate Beamish’s family lost everything in the fires; their house, their clothes and even the Christmas presents their daughter unwrapped that morning.

They fled to a relative’s house in Werribee on Christmas night, and Ms Beamish woke up Boxing Day morning cold and without a jumper.

She went from shop to shop without finding any winter stock, and ended up in Target where she asked a young shop attendant for help.

‘I got the impression she was really busy and I thought ‘Oh gosh, I’m going to get fobbed off here’,’ an emotion Ms Beamish told Justin and Kate. ‘And I burst into tears.’

But she wasn’t fobbed off.

Instead, the young shop attendant said ‘Let me see what I can do’.

‘She came back with three store managers who all introduced themselves to me and were amazingly gentle,’ Ms Beamish said.

‘And they said ‘Feel free to fill your trolley up with anything you require’.’

She took some a jumper and some underwear, but the managers insisted she take more.

‘I replaced some of (her daughter’s) Christmas presents that she lost in the fire.’

The kindness left Ms Beamish in tears again while relaying the heart-warming story to 3AW Breakfast. Click above to hear it.