A mom from Pell City, AL posted this message to a Facebook page called What's Happening in Pell City, because she wanted to tell everyone what happened. According to WBRC, Melissa Simms was having a god awful day that started with splitting her last 10 dollars with her husband so they'd be able to drive to work and the doctor's office. Simms has had several major surgeries recently, and had to go in for a checkup, where she was dismayed to discover she'd owe an additional co-pay. Simms' son was sick home from school and had accompanied his mom to the office. While she was talking to the doctor a woman approached him with an envelope. Now Simms is looking for her through social media:
Her post reads:
Sorry I had to share this... I was having one of those days where it just seemed everything was going wrong and then....a unknown woman which I will call her an (EARTHLY ANGEL) handed this to my son while we were at the doctors office to give me. This made my whole entire day THANK YOU and I will pay it forward! I have read about these random acts of kindness, but this is the first time I have ever experienced it first hand!!! Just thought maybe this could cheer up someone's day as much as it has mine!!!
The note from the anonymous woman says,"I've had days like you are having today. Hang in there. Joshua 1:9." The subtext of this note was, "Here's a hundred dollars," because money talks, baby! Joshua 1:9 presumably refers to The Bible verse that says, "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." Pretty inspiring stuff for the religious or the desperately poor.
100 dollars makes a huge difference on a difficult day. Simms was able to cover her co-pay and buy dinner for her family, which includes five children. She's vowed to pay it forward, even if she can't find the Good Samaritan and repay her directly. Here's hoping it'll come around to all of us eventually.