This morning, I stopped at Walmart for some random office supplies. For some reason, I asked for cash back when I checked out. I never carry cash.

In the parking lot, a lady stopped me to ask if I had any money.

Apparently her ex-husband didn’t show up to get the kids. He had promised her he would show up this time, and this time her would give her a little money.

She had been stuck in their cold car, out of gas, with her children… for hour. She had driven thirty minutes to meet her ex-husband, on the last bit of gas she had.

Without hesitation, and before she could even finish her story, I handed her my twenty dollar bill. She began sobbing and gave me a hug.

Thank you for not making me feel like a bad person. Everyone in this parking lot has made me feel like a bad person. Some people just ignored me, and other people told me to get a job. I didn’t know what else to do.


Help a stranger today. It’s not just good for them. It’s good for you.

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  1. Kristy Tucker February 8, 2014 at 11:27 am - Reply

    So many of the people in parking lots shouldn’t be given money, but I firmly believe that when there is a real need, God lets it be known, and today He did that for you and her! Love it.

  2. Julia February 8, 2014 at 11:41 am - Reply

    Once bitten twice shy! I did this a few years ago- a lady stopped me and told me her husband had had a heart attack and they had moved him to a hospital 35 miles away and she didn’t have gas money to get there could I help? I gave her money, she got in her car and drove in the wrong direction for the hospital! It made me mad at first, but then I thought at least MY heart was in the right place!

  3. Marla February 8, 2014 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Yep, meant to be. I am very cautious because I also think that many people asking for money do not use it for good purposes, but the times I have really felt compelled to help, I left knowing it was the right thing. I once went around the block to go back and give a man $20 on the day before Thanksgiving in 2002 and I will never forget the look on his face. I feel good just thinking about him all these years later.

  4. steph gas February 8, 2014 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    i agree with everyone else. i generally never give money to people in parking lots asking for money. my main reason is that i’m worried about getting jumped or something (because that type of shit happens every day). i also am not a big ‘god’ person. or christian at all. BUT i do believe that there are no coincidences. you got that cash back to give to that woman. and you’ll get it back in one way or another.

    i’m the same way – i never carry cash. this one day i stopped at the grocery store and on my way out a woman was asking for money. she had come out for a job interview and ran out of gas. i don’t know what happened, but just like you said meredith – before her story was even done, my hand was in my purse. i handed her $5 (this is back when gas was well under $2 a gallon) and you would have thought i handed her a hundred. she was so thankful. i have never forgotten that. and even though i might not think on it daily, and i might not practice being grateful daily, right now i’m thinking on it and realizing how blessed i am.


  5. Kate February 9, 2014 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    This was no happy accident. Someone was looking out for that woman and her children.. You will be rewarded for your good deed ten fold over. You had a choice to help her and you chose the right. The best $20 you ever spent. Most people don’t get an opportunity like that to fall in their lap very often. But do realize this was no coincidence!!! You go girl!!

  6. Amanda February 10, 2014 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    I got stranded at a Target once somewhere in the central valley in California, about 100 miles from home. I was out of gas, and it was late. It took two hours to find someone who would help (the first 5 people wanted “favors” in exchange for money). You did a beautiful thing today.

  7. Kim April 18, 2014 at 11:14 am - Reply

    As a mom who deals with a father who is “LESS THAN”, I can totally relate to your parking lot chick… My ex does the same garbage… Thank you, thank you, thank you from all of the moms who repeatedly get screwed over by our exes.

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