Pell City mom in search of Good Samaritan

Published: Oct. 30, 2015 at 9:27 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 30, 2015 at 10:24 PM CDT
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PELL CITY, AL (WBRC) - We've all had days when it feels like nothing is going right, and that's exactly how Thursday began for Melissa Simms of Pell City.

Simms had a doctor's appointment to follow up on a series of major surgeries she's undergone in the last two years.

Her 7th grade son Trey was home sick from school and accompanied her to the doctor.

While she was there, Simms realized she didn't have enough money for the co-payment and felt like everything in her day was going wrong.

"Me and my husband woke up and split out last ten dollars 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."

Simms went ahead and saw the doctor and while her son listened to music in the waiting room, a woman approached him with an envelope and told him to give it to his mother.

"If I would have known what it was, I would have told her thank you," said Trey.

As he and his mother walked to the car, he gave her the envelope. Inside was a handwritten note that said, "I've had days like you're having today. Hang in there." The note also included a scripture notation of Joshua 1:9 and a one hundred dollar bill. The scripture reads, "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."

Simms was stunned and immediately began crying.

"It is a complete feeling of peace, just like everything is going to be OK," said Simms.

Because of the anonymous donation, Simms was able to make her co-payment, buy supper for her family and pick up a few extra things they needed.

"I don't know what she looks like, I don't know her name, but I hope I get to meet her to say thank you," said Simms.

The mother of five posted the story on Facebook and is hoping the "earthly angel" will come forward.

"It's the kindest thing that's ever been done," said Simms. "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."

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