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Stranger Gives Struggling Mother The Help She Needs

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Melissa and Trey SimmsMelissa and Trey Simms

A Pell City, Alabama, mother was in a financial bind when a complete stranger stepped in to help.

Melissa Simms had a follow up doctor's appointment for a series of major surgeries she had undergone during the past two years. WBRC reported. Her son Trey, who is in the seventh grade, was home sick from school and accompanied his mother to the appointment.

When Simms and her son arrived at the doctor’s office, she realized she did not have enough money for the co-payment.

"Me and my husband woke up and split out last ten dollars for gas, for him to go to work and for me to make it to my doctor's appointment," Simms said. "All day I was stressed about how am I going to make supper for my kids."

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While Simms was in with the doctor, a woman approached Trey in the waiting room. She handed him an envelope and said to give it to his mother.

"If I would have known what it was, I would have told her thank you," Trey said.

The envelope contained a handwritten note and $100 bill.

"I've had days like you're having today," the note read. "Hang in there. Joshua 1:9."

Joshua 1:9 is scripture from the Bible, it 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."

The woman’s note and monetary gift brought Simms to tears.

"It is a complete feeling of peace, just like everything is going to be OK," she said.

With the woman’s gift, Simms was able to pay the doctor, buy dinner for her family and purchase some items they needed.

"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," she said.

Simms posted her story to Facebook on the What’s Happening in Pell City page, expressing her gratitude towards the woman and her intentions to pay it forward:

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!!!

Sources: WBRC, What's Happening in Pell City/Facebook / Photo Credit: WBRCMelissa Simms via What's Happening in Pell City/Facebook

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