When our home had been hit by lightening and burned the roof and parts of the second story, we found ourselves living in an extended-stay hotel for the next several days as I looked for a suitable rental home that we would need for the next 5 to 6 months as ours was being rebuilt. “We” consisted of my husband and I, our 3 children (ages 11, 9 and 7 years old) and two large Black Labrador retrievers in a two-bedroom Holiday Inn. At first, I thought we might be able to live out the next few months in this setting, but after only 3 or 4 days (and my male Black Lab’s trip to the Sunday breakfast bar!), it became obvious we desperately needed more room and a place for our dogs. As I was signing my children into school late the following week during a rainstorm, the school secretary was questioning me as to where we were staying, how we were doing, etc. as the school year had only begun 2 weeks before. Another parent was signing his children in late that morning also and was listening to what had happened. He never said a word, just signed in his children, kissed them goodbye and left. I left the school very shortly thereafter and returned to my former home to go over the details of the rebuilding process and look over more rental possibilities with the insurance agent, not having much luck with the rental allowance in finding a place. An hour later, I received a phone call from the school secretary asking me to call the gentleman I had noticed at the school earlier. Apparently, he had gone to his car, sat and thought a while and then came back inside the school to talk with them, asking who I was and what exactly had happened. He then asked them to call me and gave them his cell phone number. When I called him back, he told me he had a 4 bedroom rental home that had just been painted and renovated only a mile down the road in the same school district! It had a large yard and he was willing to have our dogs come live with us (as well as our two cats who were currently residing with a neighbor). When I told him what our rental allowance was, I was amazed when he told me not to worry, he would work with the insurance company to keep it within their allotment. I was overwhelmed with gratitude, but still questioned him as to why he would offer this beautiful home at an incredibly low rental price for our area to a total stranger AND allow it to be overrun with our pets when he could have rented it again immediately for twice what we would pay? He replied, “because I have 3 children and two dogs and I cannot imagine being in your position trying to keep your family together and calm, worrying about where we would live.” I called my husband at work and within 24 hours, we were moved into our new home and all back together. I think about this gentleman often and bless him always for the extreme kindness he showed to us ——– he truly was a good Samaritan.
~Amy, Carmel, IN USA