Ella Russell is celebrating her fifth birthday this year in a very unique way. Each year Ella chooses to donate part of her birthday money to one cause. This year she had $10 to give to a charity.
She decided to help out the Hurricane Harvey survivors with her money by buying them water. Then Ella's mom, Jennifer Perkins, posted on social media and asked friends and family if they would like to chip in and help Ella raise more money to make a bigger impact. With all the money she raised, Ella was able to purchase 146 cases of water for the flood survivors.
What an amazing young girl with such a big heart. I pray her love and generosity stay with her as she grows up!
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!