My daughter is currently a full-time student working part-time to save for her education.
Several months ago she was working at a part-time job in a local mall. She assisted a customer with his purchase and at the end of the transaction he asked her if she was in school. She replied, "Yes."
As she handed him his purchase, he handed her a white envelope and stated, "Here is a little something for your education. Hold it dear to your heart; there is a lot of money in there." He then promptly left.
As astonished as she was, she had no time to react because there were other customers to attend to. She placed the envelope under the counter.
Once the store cleared out, her colleagues opened the envelope and discovered $500.
For several months, she has been unsure how to accept such a large gift from a complete stranger. She is a member of her school’s Youth in Philanthropy group and holds dear the value of helping those in need. She pondered over the money, trying to understand why she was so fortunate to have this unexpected gift suddenly come to her. The first thing she thought about was how there are other people out there who could also benefit from such a kind gesture.
She has finally decided to use the money as it was originally intended by the kind stranger. Half the amount will go into her education.
As for the other half, she decided to pay it forward and donate it as an award for graduating students at two local high schools. It will be used to recognize two students who demonstrate leadership and outstanding qualities that motivate the actions young philanthropists take to make this a better world.
My daughter wants to formally thank this gentleman for his kind gesture and recognize that his actions made a difference.
— R. Acquisto