George worked for the Post Office and one of his jobs was to process all the mail that had undeliverable addresses. Right before Christmas a letter landed on his desk addressed in shaky handwriting: "To God". With no return address on the outside of the envelope, George opened the envelope and read:
I am a 93-year-old widow living on Social Security. Yesterday, someone stole my purse. It had $200 in it, which was all the money I had in the world to live on until my next check arrives in early January. Christmas is coming and I had invited two of my friends for Christmas lunch. Without that money, I have nothing with which to buy food. I have no family to whom I can turn and you are my only hope. Would you please help me?
The letter closed with a name, address and signature.
George was touched, and being kindhearted, he posted the letter on the staff bulletin board with the notice that any gifts given that day would be forwarded to the woman in time for Christmas. The letter also touched other postal workers and they dug deep to come up with any available cash. At the end of the day they had collected $190. Using an official Post Office envelope, George sent the cash on its way to the needy woman and all the workers went home that evening with the warm glow of a deed well done.
Christmas came and went. A few days later, another letter, addressed to "To God", was received by the Post Office. George called his fellow workers into his office as he opened the letter. It read:
How can I ever thank you enough for what you did for me? Because of your generosity, I was able to provide a lovely lunch for my friends. We had a very nice day and I told my friends and my priest, Father John, about what you did for me. By the way, there was $10 missing. I think it must have been those thieves working at the Post Office!
A fitting one-line commentary on this story could be, "A good deed never goes unpunished." At Jos. T. Fewkes & Co. we want you to know that your business is truly appreciated. We never take your trust and loyalty for granted. As we celebrate another Christmas and the close of 2010, may you and yours continue to enjoy God's blessings this holiday season and in the New Year ahead.
Raymond E. Gillin