Just prior to my husband’s recent kidney transplant surgery, he was sitting in a room with several other people, all getting their blood drawn. He was telling the attendant how lucky he was to have a daughter who was not only a match, but also willing to undergo surgery and give one of her kidneys to save her dad’s life. As it turned out, there was a woman in the same room who overheard my husband’s story and was very moved by it. She decided to do something about it.
A month after surgery, a package arrived at our door with a note on it. We unwrapped it. It was a beautiful handmade shawl — I mean a beautiful shawl — with an even more beautiful note, which read, in part, “I hope this shawl will bring you a sense of peace as well as the knowledge that you have a caring friend who doesn’t even know your name.”
We do not know your name either, but your wonderful, kind gesture put a skip in our step, joy in our hearts and a renewed faith in the basic goodness of people. We cannot thank you enough. You made a difference.
LARRY AND JAMIE BEUTLER