Olivia Ellsworth just turned six years old and instead of asking for presents for herself, she wanted something different. For every one of Olivia's birthday's she has always asked for donations instead of presents. This birthday was no different.
This year Olivia wanted to help the Tulsa Day Care For The Homeless. She collected snacks, socks, underwear, toothbrushes, and toothpaste along with other household products to give to the day care. Her parents say that each year she looks forward to choosing a new cause to support and doesn't really mind not getting presents.
What an amazing little girl and she's only six! This idea is so inspiring to me and I hope that more families try out this kind birthday tradition!
When Tracy Warshal saw a stranger in need at the grocery store, she didn't hesitate to help. She didn't expect anything in return. But as it says in Luke 6:35, when you lend and expect nothing in return, the Lord will bless you with a great reward. Tracy's act of kindness was unexpectedly returned in the most amazing way.
Tracy was in the checkout line at her local Aldi grocery store, when she noticed the man behind her looking around for his wallet. Exasperated, he realized he'd forgotten it. He didn't have much -- only about $7-$8 worth of groceries. And so, Tracy kindly stepped in and paid for his items, an act she shrugs off as "something anyone would do."
But not everyone is so quick to chip in for a complete stranger, so the man was very appreciative of the deed. Tracy, who works for the Piedmont Cancer Institute, an affiliate of Piedmont Healthcare, was on her way home from work and was wearing a T-shirt with the "Piedmont" logo. The man asked for her name, and though she shared only her first name, the man used that and her shirt's logo to set out to repay her kindness.
The man, who has asked to remain anonymous, reached out to Mendal Bouknight, the Vice President of Philanthropy at Piedmont Healthcare. The stranger from the grocery store, who turned out to have been a major donor in the past to the Piedmont Healthcare Foundation, made a $10,000 donation in Tracy's name.
Tracy's small gesture in the checkout line means that now $10,000 will go toward the Dana G. Smith Cancer Assistance Endowment to help so many others. With Tracy's permission, Piedmont Healthcare shared the story on their Facebook page, and she's hoping it will be an inspiration to others.
And even though she respects the donor's desire to remain anonymous, Tracy does say she'd like to be able to give him and hug and say thank you. Since she knows where he does his grocery shopping, perhaps their paths will cross again and Tracy will get her chance!