Took only a note to re­store mom’s hope

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

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.

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