Once upon a time, there lived a poor old lady. Her name was Mary Thompson. Her personal life was full of suffering and pain and yet she never complained about anything. She believed in Jesus, she believed in God and it was her faith that kept her going. It was Christmas eve, it was snowing outside, it was dark and gloomy, it was 6.00 pm in the evening. Suddenly, Mary noticed a white envelope in her letter box kept near her snow covered garden. She put on her coat to pick out the envelope. Who could it be ?? she wondered. The envelope carried her name in Bold letters. That was all. No postage stamp, no sender’s name. Hurriedly, Mary opened the envelope and there was a white piece of paper which read
“… Coming tonight for dinner…” ….. love Jesus !!
Mary had just ONE hour to prepare for dinner. She picked up her wallet and ran to the supermarket. When she opened her wallet to pay for the bread and the rest, Mary realized that she had only 5 dollars and 65 cents. She picked up her parcel worth FIVE dollars and took the subway back home with just 65 cents in her wallet.
In the subway, an old couple sat begging for food. The old man called out to Mary and said “my wife will die .. she hasn’t eaten in 4 days”. Mary felt very sorry and even told the old beggar that she was having a very special guest for dinner. But the old beggar pleaded and Mary handed over some bread to him.
On second thoughts, she handed over the entire parcel to the old beggar whose eyes lit up with joy and blessed Mary from the bottom of his heart. As Mary reached the end of the subway, she realized that the old beggar was shivering. She went back to him and handed over her coat. She told him “you can have this one, I have one more at home”. The old beggar had tears of joy in his eyes which touched Mary’s heart. It was biting cold and Mary started to run through the snow. When she reached home she was completely exhausted and fell asleep. When she opened her eyes it was the next morning, it was “Christmas” and Mary saw one more letter in the letter box. This is what it read …
“….. thank you for your hospitality, the food was wonderful, besides the coat that kept us warm all night … ”
Eye donation, eye banking, sight restorative surgery is not about high technology, sophisticated equipments, or money making. It’s all about “compassion” – That’s our mission !!
“Compassion” for every blind individual.