James Anderson is used to those emergency calls. He’s a plumber and often rushes over to people’s homes at all hours of the night to fix issues that, if left unchecked, could destroy their homes. As a veteran in the industry, Anderson is a very accomplished transman and a respected member of the community. So, when he received a call to fix an old woman’s boiler, it was no surprise for him – he comes highly recommended.
However, Anderson is a smart man. When he got to the woman’s home, he realized two things – that she was old (91-years-old to be exact), and she was sick. As he talked to her, he learned that she was battling leukemia. She was living on a fixed income and had to get cancer treatments on a regular basis. Anderson could not bring himself to charge the sick old woman the full price of his expensive service – a veteran plumber like him doesn’t come cheap.
Since Anderson does a lot of work in Burnley, England, he realized that there was a certain problem that was not being addressed. Anderson is an entrepreneur and knows that if there’s a problem, there’s an opportunity. But the problem he saw was not the type he wanted to exploit. Burnley is home to a lot of retired folks like the 91-year-old leukemia patient with the broken boiler. While Anderson could have lorded his expert plumbing skills over the retirees’ heads and made them pay a fortune – or live without heat for the winter – he decided to do something else, and open his heart to help.
Because he could not bring himself to charge the old woman the full price for his plumbing service, he created a nonprofit organization to help the retired folks of Burnley who live on a fixed income. Now he uses crowdfunding to help pay for the plumbing services, so these old people can get access to a quality plumber without having to go into debt for it.
Because Anderson has a big heart, he decided to give the 91-year-old leukemia patient a special invoice.
“Lady is 91-years of age (with) acute leukemia (and) end of life care. No charge for this lady under any circumstances. We will be available 24 hours to help her and keep her as comfortable as possible.”
He reinforced the fact that he was offering the old lady a free service by putting 0 as the amount, subtotal, total, and balance due. It was very clear that this invoice was meant to be a blessing.
The 91-year-old woman’s daughter shared Anderson’s invoice on social media. It didn’t take long for people to applaud him for his good work and generosity. Soon it amassed 30,000 like and 11,000 shares.
As it turned out because the woman shared the invoice, his nonprofit gained a lot of publicity. He’d been doing free work like this for a long time, but he was struggling to keep his nonprofit afloat. Because his story went viral, he was able to raise $100,000 to help keep old retiree’s warm through winter.
He appreciates the blessing.
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