(The donation box at the registers reads)
It goes on to explain that every donation of change or rounding up of a purchase goes directly into our assistance fund that helps those in crisis*
A mother came up to the cash register to purchase some clothing for her young daughter who was with her. The parent, taking the clothing one by one, double checked the prices and watched the total being extra careful, it seemed, not to go over the amount she had. It was clear they were on a budget.
The total was under $20, which seemed to relieve the mom. As I chatted with the mom and bagged the clothing, the young girl’s attention was on our sign by the donation box.
“You can be a Hero”
Turning to her mother she exclaimed, “Mom, I want to be a Hero!”
The mother smiled and handed her the change from the purchase. The mother explained to me that Good Samaritan makes shopping possible for her and her daughter and she made sure she donated every time she was here as much or as little as she had. Our charity once helped her in her time of need and she was so grateful. She wanted to help another family as she was helped by Good Samaritan.
The daughter dropped all the change in the donation box and with a proud voice proclaimed:
"I'm a Hero today!”
She looked at the customer next in line and asked: “You can be a Hero too?”
The customer read the sign and he donated, stating he was unaware of all the help we provide the people of Helena.
That young girl had started a chain reaction, as customer after customer in line kept donating!
The next day the same young lady bounded through the door, in her fist a five dollar bill. She made a beeline straight for the same donation box and dropped her five dollar bill in the box.
She beamed “I'm a Hero again today!”
The customer checking out who witnessed this act smiled as the girl said to her: “You can be a Hero too!”
And again she started a chain of continuous donations!
It was so awesome to see that girl again - the pure joy she received from giving all she had was contagious
Generosity is infectious, one good deed begets another, and seeing that in action is truly one of the biggest blessings of being in this line of work.
A special thank you to that young hero, and to all those unseen heroes of Good Samaritan Ministries!
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