A woman who was having a difficult day was taken aback when she glanced inside the envelope her son brought to her, which included a note that he had received from an unknown individual.
The mother, Melissa, says she had one of those days where she felt like nothing was going right. She went to the doctor with her seventh-grade son, Trey, who was home sick from school, to follow up on a series of surgeries she’s undergone over the past two years.
While at the doctor’s office, Melissa realized that she did not have the money to cover her co-pay.
“Me and my husband woke up and split our last $10 for gas for him to go to work and for me to make it to my doctor’s appointment,” Melissa said. “All day I was stressed about how I was going to make supper for my kids.”
The son sat in the waiting room while his mother saw her doctor. As he was sitting there, a woman walked up to him and handed him an envelope. She asked him to give the envelope to his mother.
As the mother and son walked to their car following the appointment, Trey handed his mother the envelope. She was shocked when she saw what was inside.
“I’ve had days like you’re having today,” a note inside the envelope read. “Hang in there.”
The envelope also included a $100 bill. At the end of the note, the woman wrote “Joshua 1:9,” a notation for a Bible verse that reads: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
When Melissa opened the envelope, she was astounded by the stranger’s generosity and immediately started crying.
“It is a complete feeling of peace, just like everything is going to be OK,” the mother said.
She added, “If I would have known what it was, I would have told her thank you.”
Thanks to the woman’s generous gift, Melissa was able to pay her co-pay at the doctor’s office and buy food to make her family dinner.
Melissa shared her story on Facebook in hopes that she may be able to find the kind woman.
“I don’t know what she looks like, and I don’t know her name, but I hope I get to meet her to say thank you,” Melissa said.
She continued: “It’s the kindest thing that’s ever been done. Truly, from the bottom of my heart, I thank this woman. I would love to repay it and to pay it forward one day just like she did.”
“This is what being in this great country is about!” one reader commented. “People that help people who need a helping hand. Thanks for your generous support for the mother. I’m sure you are truly blessed.”
“There are kind, compassionate, and generous people in this world,” another user wrote. “Melissa just met one.”