Jake and his three-year-old son Andy left a pediatric psychologist’s appointment one day, concerned about how they would pay for Andy’s $2,000 a month treatment.
Andy’s development and speech had been negatively impacted by his mother’s death a year prior. As they drove home, Jake saw his elderly neighbor, Mrs. Nichols, struggling to cut her overgrown grass with gardening scissors. Jake and Andy offered to help, and Mrs. Nichols gratefully accepted.
Jake used Mrs. Nichols’ lawnmower to do the job, and the pair spent time chatting while Andy enjoyed cookies. Mrs. Nichols sympathized with Jake’s concerns but didn’t offer any immediate solutions.
A few days later, Jake was surprised to receive a call from Mr. Cohen, a lawyer representing Mrs. Nichols in the sale of her house. Mrs. Nichols had decided to give Jake $100,000 from the profits of the sale, like an “inheritance.” Overwhelmed with gratitude, Jake thanked Mrs. Nichols profusely and hugged her.
Thanks to Mrs. Nichols’ generosity, Andy was able to continue his treatment and gradually improved. By the time he started preschool, Andy was talking, laughing, and playing with other children. Jake knew that Mrs. Nichols’ kindness and generosity had changed their lives forever and made Andy’s progress possible.