FERRIER FILES: Giving $5K to middle Tennesseans in need this Christmas

(FOX 17 News)

A friend called and asked me to give away $5,000. He said he had been blessed in his life and felt moved to reach out and touch some lives in return.

He wanted to give $500 to 10 different people. People who had suffered. People who were doing their best. People who needed a lift.

I loved his idea because these are my favorite kinds of people to help; people who are trying hard but just can't get to where they need to be.

I started work on this the project Dec. 1, and my list was blank. I began talking to people. My wife did too.

We spoke with a couple of pastors, but we also talked to people at Kroger and at the dentist's office and out around town.

A photographer from another station gave me one name. A mom whose kid was in a school play gave me another. I also got a few e-mails from people asking for help for someone they had run across, people who didn't know I had this money to distribute.

I am grateful to Chick Fil-A and the The Tennessee Health Department and Shelly Walker, who bent over backwards to allow us to surprise some of their workers who'd been having a hard time. It was thrilling to be part of making these people's lives a little easier.

I am especially touched by the anonymous donor. He wanted absolutely no credit. I am so glad he at least gets to see the joy on people's faces because of his anonymous generosity.

It is hard to do something wonderful and not want a little credit or gratitude. It's something we should all strive for.

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