‘I will remember it for the rest of my life’: Local woman’s open letter to Good Samaritan goes viral

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Glen Allen woman’s heartfelt “thank you” to the man who helped save her and her mother’s special night is getting a lot of attention online. 

Jenn Yildiz detailed the entire night on Nextdoor, hoping to reach the gentleman who paid for her tickets to Les Miserable at their local high school after she realized she didn’t have cash.

Yildiz’s said in the post that she rarely has a chance to enjoy an evening with her mom because she suffers from Alzheimer’s.

She says her mother may not remember her name or some things about her life, but when it comes to music, her memory is really strong. So when Les Miserable — one of her favorites — was playing at Glen Allen High School, her mother was determined to go see it. 

But when Yildiz and her mother arrived at the school, Yildiz didn’t think her mother could make it up to the entrance.  

“She insisted that she try to make it to the entrance even knowing how difficult it would be for her,” Yildiz said. “That’s how badly she wanted to see this. It was a long struggle, but she managed it.”

Yildiz soon realized she may have to face another obstacle. She didn’t have cash with her, only her debit cards and checkbook. 

“I was simply praying they would take a debit card or a check,” Yildiz said. “I could not bear the thought of having her suffer that long walk only to have to turn around and head back to the car.”

A man, who also opened the door for her and her mother, noticed them at the end of the long ticket line and offered to purchase the tickets in their place, so that her mother could sit down. But when she told the man she didn’t have cash and intended to pay with a card, he bought the two tickets for her. 

“When you walked up to us and handed us two tickets, I nearly burst into tears right there in the lobby,” Yildiz wrote to the Good Samaritan. “When I explained to my mother what you had done, she said you were an angel. She was right.”

Yildiz says that “angel” gave them a night that rarely ever happens. 

“She may not remember this today or tomorrow, but I will remember it for the rest of my life,” Yildiz said. “Thank you for giving me the ability to spend an evening with my mom.”

Yildiz hopes the man will eventually see the post — which you can read in its entirety below — so she can repay him. But if he doesn’t, she says she plans on paying the kindness forward.

“Thank You” to the gentleman at Les Mis on Saturday night

I don’t know if this message will reach the gentleman It’s intended for, but I wanted to tell you what a wonderful person you are and how much your kindness meant to me and my mother.

As you could see, my mother has a very difficult time walking. What you did not know is that she also has severe stage Alzheimer’s. Although she may not always remember my name, or remember some things about her life, she has a really strong memory when it comes to her love of music. Les Miserable is one of her favorite musicals.

Because of her disease, we very rarely have an opportunity to enjoy things together. Yesterday was one of her good days, and she wanted to go so badly and I was happy that we were going to be able to share that. I’ve never been to the high school before, so didn’t know that there would not be an easy place to park, or at least some place where I could drop her off, and we would only have a short distance to walk to the entrance.  We’ve been trying to avoid a wheelchair, because her doctors want her to try to keep walking, and the exercise actually helps stimulate her brain and enables her to think and speak better.

When we arrived, and I saw what it would take for us to get from the parking lot to the entrance, I thought we should turn around and go home. She insisted that she try to make it to the entrance even knowing how difficult it would be for her. That’s how badly she wanted to see this. It was a long struggle, but she managed it.

Once we made it into the building, and started heading to the ticket line, I suddenly realized I had no cash with me. I was simply praying they would take a debit card or a check. I could not bear the thought of having her suffer that long walk only to have to turn around and head back to the car.

I believe you are the same man who held the door for us, while we were walking in the building, and that’s probably why you noticed us trying to get to the end of that long ticket line. You were so nice to offer to purchase the tickets in my place, so that I could have my mother sit down… But when I told you that I had no cash with me and intended to pay with a card, what you did next brings me to tears. Standing in that line, with my mom, so excited to see the show… I was heartsick that I was probably not going to be able to get a ticket after everything she went through to get into the building.

When you walked up to us, and handed us two tickets, I nearly burst into tears right there in the lobby. When I explained to my mother what you had done, she said you were an angel. She was right.

Sir, you did more than simply hold a door and buy a couple of tickets for a mother and daughter trying to spend some time together. You gave us a night together that rarely ever happens. She could not stop talking about the show all night.

She may not remember this today or tomorrow, but I will remember it for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me the ability to spend an evening with my mom.

If, somehow, you happen to see this message please send me a private message with a way to contact you so that I can repay you. And if I don’t find you… I promise I will pay it forward.

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