An Alabama farmer’s generous secret was revealed upon his passing, his family members revealed in a touching social media tribute.
Hody Childress, an elderly farmer, began a tradition in 2012 of donating $100 per month to the town’s pharmacy in order to help local residents pay their medical bills. No one knew about it until the pharmacist, Heather Walker, shared his amazing story at his funeral.
“There are so many people in Geraldine who have lived longer because of Hody,” pharmacist Heather Walker said to Childress’s daughter Tania Nix. “Hody was a true humble servant who will always be loved,” Heather added.
As the story goes, once a month the elderly farmer would go to Geraldine’s Pharmacy to donate what little money he had in order to help others with their prescriptions.
Breitbart reported that the tradition of giving began in response to her own mother’s expensive medical treatment and care in the late 1990s.
Nix speculated it was because her mother, who suffered from multiple sclerosis before she died in 1999, also had medical bills and needed costly medicine. Her father, who was also an Air Force veteran, began his tradition in 2012.
Another pharmacist, Brooke Walker, recounted that when the practice first began Childress asked her not to tell anyone where the money was coming from. If a customer did ask, she was directed to say, in her words, to “tell them it’s a blessing from the Lord.”
He continued the tradition for many years and the pharmacist kept the secret from everyone, noting she did not let his money go toward painkillers, but only antibiotics and life-sustaining medicines.
Walker said, “He was a man of modest means. Giving 100 dollars a month was quite a gesture. I knew that helping people was in his heart.”
TAL Radio posted a moving story of Childress’s benefaction on social media.
The small town of Geraldine, Alabama, is a place where everyone knows everyone’s name. But there was one resident, Hody Childress, whose generosity and kindness touched the lives of many, without any of them even knowing. Here is the reason…
Hody served in the Air Force and had worked various jobs throughout his life, but despite the challenges he faced, he always found a way to give back. Hody would visit a local pharmacy, Geraldine Drugs, and discreetly provide funds to assist customers who couldn’t afford their prescriptions. He insisted that it was a “blessing from God” and never wanted credit for his actions.
Unfortunately, Hody passed away on January 1st, but his legacy lives on as his family and friends have decided to continue his mission and keep the fund going. Hody’s story serves as a reminder of the power of generosity and selflessness. A true example of a kind-hearted man who never wanted fame but just wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. He will be deeply missed, but his spirit of giving will continue to inspire the community for many years to come.
After becoming seriously ill, and seeing how his time was running out to continue giving, Childress asked his daughter to carry out the tradition of giving.
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