Getting an unexpected gift is always a curious thing. If it isn’t a holiday or a birthday or an anniversary, most people don’t think to give or receive gifts. A bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates might be able to slide by for a date with a sweetheart, but an actual present can catch us by surprise if there isn’t an occasion to exchange gifts! This woman got a HUGE surprise when this stranger showed up at her door with an unusual request…
This morning I was woken up by someone trying to get me to buzz them into the building… I ignored the first two buzzers hoping they would go away, but the third got me up. I buzzed them in (we don’t have a working intercom so I couldn’t ask who they were) then I stood there waiting looking out the peep hole of the door.
An older gentleman gets to my door and knocks.
I opened asking if I could help him and all he said was “Are you Karen?”
I told him no, that Karen was my mom and he gave a quick smile and handed me an unmarked envelope and walked away. I get inside and open it up.
The second I saw the money I sat on the floor. $1,000 from a stranger.
I have no clue who the man was and he was gone by the time I got outside. I called my mom and told her to sit down and read her the letter and she started bawling instantly.
My mom has been battling ovarian cancer for three years now. It has been a very long difficult journey mentally, physically, and financially. However, this helps more than the giver knows. They have taken some of that stress away and also given my mom hope and a reason to smile. So, thank you. Thank you with everything in me and also for for carrying on such an amazing tradition.
“Please accept this gift as an act of random kindness …
a cherished member of our family devoted much of her time and resources to helping people through ‘Random Acts of Kindness’. She gave to others in many ways, and always did so anonymously. One way our family has chosen to honour her memory is to continue in the tradition of helping others in the community with acts of random kindness.
A ‘Random Act of Kindness’ does not have to involve the giving of money. It can be as simple as sharing your time with someone, lending an ear, or offering a compliment. The most important part is that the act is unsolicited and done so with no expectation of anything i return.
Although we do not know you personally, other members of our community identified you as a deserving recipient of this gift. Please use this money in any way you see fit, whether to alleviate some financial strain or to provide you the opportunity to do something special for yourself.
We ask nothing in return, but hope that you are encouraged to consider ways in which you can make a difference for someone else, and motivated to embrace the idea, and to carry on the tradition.”
Finding this $1,000.00 in an envelope was not what she was expecting at all. Maybe she thought he was selling something, or had the wrong address. The sentiment of “paying it forward” is usually used when someone pays for another’s meal or buys a cup of coffee for the homeless man sitting out in the cold. Rarely is the idea applied in such large sums all at once! Her mother could use all of the help that she could get – and this story quickly went VIRAL! To this day, no one has found this man or who contributed to this woman’s healthcare, but this is one family that will forever be grateful…and forever be paying it forward!
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