When I see or read about genuinely good people it truly warms my heart.
In a world where we can often be consumed by our own problems – I am so in awe of Jessie Tendayi.
For the past eight years she has been a food service aide with Trinity Hospital. She is not a billionaire and she an ordinary member of the public like you.
But out of the goodness of her heart she has worked additional shifts and saved money to help sick children feel better.
‘It brings joy to me, and also brings joy to the children, that I’m making a difference’, Jessie told WGN.
She and her husband, Wendell, moved to Chicago 19 years ago from Zimbabwe. They have no children of their own.
‘But I do now. I do have a lot’, Tendayi told the Chicago Tribune.
Jessie began to give gifts to the children she worked with in 2009. At this time she has given away over 100 toys.
But her generosity has since multiplied tenfold.
This year Jessie has spent $5,000 on 1,000 toys for sick children at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois, a Chicago suburb.
‘It’s amazing that someone’s giving their time and effort to make sure children in the hospital have a great Christmas too’, one of the recipients of Jessie’s generosity told WGN.
Another child’s mother said Jessie has helped lift her son’s spirits.
‘He doesn’t leave this room’, the mother said. ‘For him to have more toys to play with and keep him happy while we’re here is incredibly helpful, humbling and amazing’.
Jessie says her goal is to donate toys to sick children in hospitals year-round.
‘It’s a very good day for me. I’m happy, I’m happy to do this,’ she told the Chicago Tribune. ‘When God puts this in your heart, you don’t get tired. You love what you’re doing. I love helping other people’.
Tendayi has started a charity named Love for Children to help fund her initiative in future years.