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Farmer Pays Pharmacy Bills Of Those In Need For 10 Yrs — His Family Finds Out Only At His Funeral.

It is said that the tiniest acts of compassion have the greatest effect. This became a reality in Geraldine, Alabama, when a modest farmer chose to give money on a regular basis to provide medicine for individuals in need.

In a community of barely 900 people, everyone knew each other. Yet, a good Samaritan stayed secret for over 10 years after making a pharmacist agree not to reveal his identity while continuing to perform acts of kindness.

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In 2012, Hody Childress established a monthly ritual of visiting Geraldine Drugs. Residents continue to congregate at the drugstore, where they exchange greetings while performing chores.

Childress returned to the business one day after a chat with the store owner hit him. The proprietor mentioned at the time that there were a few families in town that couldn’t afford to pay for their drugs.

Childress returned to the store a few minutes later and offered the pharmacist a folded $100 cash. “Don’t tell a soul where the money came from – if they ask, simply tell them it’s a Lord’s blessing,” he advised her.

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Brooke Walker, the store’s owner, manager, and pharmacist, assumed it was a one-time occurrence. The next month, Childress returned to the store and gave her a hundred bucks.

As the years passed, Childress never failed to stop by the business once a month to pay Walker $100. Walker’s fund swelled to thousands of dollars, and he ultimately began pulling money from it to aid individuals in need.

Sadly, Childress’ act of compassion was cut short when he developed chronic obstructive lung disease, which finally killed him. He didn’t allow his illness to prevent him from carrying on with his routine until he died. Tania Nix, his daughter, agreed to make the monthly delivery for him.

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Nix was taken aback by her dad’s gesture of charity, and she feels he was giving back to others in need since he was once in their shoes. She explained that she is not sure what prompted Dad to start carrying $100 bills to the pharmacist, but she does know that her mother’s meds were pricey while she was unwell. So it’s possible that it had anything to do with it.

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Walker couldn’t resist but mention that Childress’ act of charity benefited others to enjoy longer lives. She would only use his fund to provide antibiotics and life-sustaining drugs, not painkillers.

She also spent the money for non-medical purposes twice, once on a lady who was in an abusive relationship and once on an old guy who was caring for his special needs son and wife who had broken her hip.

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Most of Childress’ family members and the general public would learn about his generosity only after his death at the age of 80.

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After word of Nix’s dad’s kindness went across town, a woman wrote to tell her that Childress’ money enabled her to get an EpiPen for her kid. Another woman reported how she burst into tears after learning that the drugstore had a fund that would assist her in paying for her and her daughter’s prescriptions.

Throughout it all, Nix disclosed that her dad was not rich, but rather charitable in nature. Childress’ love was farming, despite having worked in the Air Force and as a product manager before retirement. He found that driving his tractor was soothing, and he spent a lot of time assisting neighbours with their vegetables.

Individuals around the world took to social media to express how much Childress’ selflessness impacted them.

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Now that the community is aware of Childress’ kindness, his memory will live on through the Hody Childress Fund, which will continue to assist residents with their pharmacy expenditures. The charity he started quietly will now become much larger and benefit even more people—what an incredible legacy he left behind!

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