Everyone has a really bad day sometimes but few have a day as bad as Melissa Simms who found herself broke and in desperate need of cash.
On top of that, she was looking after her poorly son and about to be embarrassed in front of him.
There are good days and bad days but Melissa Simms was having the sort of day that most people hope to never, ever have as she took her son to the doctor.
From Pell City, Alabama, Melissa had taken her son to the doctor's office with her to follow up on a series of surgeries she had received but she was struck by a sudden disaster at the front desk.
Searching through her purse, she realized she didn't have any money on her for the copay but this wasn't just the case of forgetting her money, she had none at home either.
“Me and my husband woke up and split out last $10 for gas, for him to go to work and for me to make it to my doctor’s appointment,” Simms said. “All day I was stressed about how am I going to make supper for my kids.”
Whilst she was scrabbling around desperately trying to find any sort of money, a stranger approached her son, Trey.
Trey was home from seventh-grade for the day and so Melissa had been forced to bring him with her and so he took the note from the stranger who then walked out of the office.
“If I would have known what it was, I would have told her thank you,” Trey said.
Opening the note, Trey was shocked and passed it to his mother who was staggered by what was inside.
When Melissa finally had the time to look at the note, she saw that it contained a $100 bill and a handwritten note with a Bible Verse.
“I’ve had days like you are having today. Hang in there. Joshua 1:9”
The Bible verse of Joshua 1:9 reads as follows: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Before using the bill to pay at the doctor's, Melissa took a quick photo and then posted it to Facebook.
It said: “I was having one of those days where it just seemed everything was going wrong and then…an unknown woman which I will call her an (EARTHLY ANGEL) handed this to my son while we were at the doctor's office to give me. This made my whole entire day THANK YOU and I will pay if forward! I have read about these random acts of kindness, but this is the first time I have ever experienced it first hand!!! Just thought maybe this could cheer up someone’s day as much as it has mine!!!”
“It’s the kindest thing that’s ever been done,” Simms told reporters. “Truly from the bottom of my heart I thank this woman. I would love to repay it and to pay it forward one day just like she did.”
Would you have been so generous in such a situation and what would you have done if someone had helped you out in such a tough spot?
Let us know your thoughts of this stranger's generosity and watch the full video on the incident below.