Took only a note to restore mom’s hope
IN 2011, I was a single mama, with three young children and a student, attending Winnipeg Technical College. We enjoyed shopping whenever my student allowance cheque came in, making the bus ride to Winners on Pembina. This cheque day, we had to go to the bank to get cash because I wasn’t given an ATM card until I had established a history with the bank. I had to carry $800 in cash, for rent, groceries and Winners. So with my three kiddies, we shopped in Winners for about an hour, filling a cart. When it came time to pay, my backpack with my wallet was nowhere to be found. I was in such shock, my oldest daughter and the head of security spent an hour looking for my backpack, finding nothing. Obviously, someone had stolen it. Extremely disappointed, we gave up. After hearing my dilemma, many were sympathetic, but one person went above and beyond. A few days later, a woman handed me a note with $100 wrapped in it. My heart was overwhelmed by this act of kindness, only to read the note that had no name. The person not only assisted in a time of need, but did not want any recognition or thanks for this. All I was asked to do was to pay it forward. After the feeling of anger that someone would steal from someone who obviously needed it, it only took one other person to remind me there’s always hope. Thank you to my anonymous angel.