A mom in Alabama was having a pretty rough day when she was taken aback after looking inside an envelope that her son gave to her, which he had gotten from a complete stranger.
Melissa Simms is a mother from Pell City, Alabama. As most people can relate to, she said that she was having the type of day where nothing seemed to be going right. She visited the doctor with her son Trey, who was with her due to being home sick from school.
They went to the hospital to have a follow-up concerning the multiple surgeries she underwent in the past two years.
While visiting the doctor, she noticed that she didn’t have enough money to finance her co-pay fee.
“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,” Simms told WBRC. “All day I was stressed about how am I going to make supper for my kids.”
He waited in the lobby as she conducted business with the doctor. As he sat in the waiting room, a woman approached him and gave him an envelope. He was told to give this surprise envelope to his mother once she is finished with the doctor.
After his mother was done with the doctor, they walked to the car and Trey gave his mother the ‘strange’ envelope. She was completely shocked when she opened it up.
“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.”
Simms was stunned by the stranger’s generosity and immediately broke down in tears when she opened the envelope.
“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, Simms was able to pay her co-pay at the doctor’s office and buy food to make her family dinner.
Simms 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, I don’t know her name, but I hope I get to meet her to say thank you,” Simms 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.”
Readers have shared their thoughts on this touching story online.
“This is what being in this great country is about!” one reader commented. “People that helps 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, generous people in this world,” another user wrote. “Melissa just met one.”
This woman was in need and a stranger became a complete blessing for her. We all should take something from this story; which is that we should always help those in need and always stay humble and grateful in life.