INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A homeless woman received a gift from a stranger, only to have it stolen.
Ms. Pat was walking to work when she met a woman who wanted to help her in more ways than one. It’s a story of paying it forward: One woman being moved so much by a complete stranger, she had to do something to help.
Ms. Pat has had a difficult journey. She has been homeless for ten years after making what she says were "unwise" choices. She's now taking steps to get her life back on track.
A couple of months ago, when the bus she was supposed to catch was late, a woman named Tina saw her walking and offered her a ride.
“I said, oh my gosh, you're one of my guardian angels," said Ms. Pat.
A few weeks later, her boss called her into the office to tell her the woman who gave her a ride, wanted her to have something else too.
“She said she bought you a brand new moped, I said, 'oh my gosh!'" said Ms. Pat.
Tina had asked friends to help her collect enough money to buy Ms. Pat a moped, so she wouldn’t have to walk and bus to work.
But last week, her gift from a stranger, was stolen from the Wheeler Mission’s “Center for Women” where she's staying.
It looks like someone cut a hole in the fence to take her moped.
All that's left are the keys, she still sleeps with them around her neck, and her hope, that whoever took her bike, needed it more than she does.
“I prayed for them. I just said God bless the person that stole my moped. I don't know maybe the person that stole it needed it more than I did,” said Ms. Pat.
“My grandmother had a saying that one monkey doesn't stop the show, the show will go on. So I will take the necessary steps to do what I need to do,” she said.
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It's very rare that a single person can reach across national, racial, and spiritual borders to bring such hope and healing.
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