A group of students from Beis Rivkah in Crown Heights were getting supplies for the Yud Tes Kislev exhibits. They were debating on different supplies that were cheaper than others.
“The cheaper scissors or the better quality ones?” one wondered. “We don’t have enough!” answered another.
Standing behind them on line was an African-American man. Seems like he listened intently to the discussion and suddenly spoke up.
“What do you need the supplies for?”
“For our Yud Tes Kislev exhibits.”
“Oh, so you’re Jewish?”
“What school do you girls go to?”
A smile lit up his face. “The Jewish people are the chosen nation. They are G-d’s children! I want to pay for all of your supplies.”
“No, it’s fine.”
“I insist on paying all the expenses needed.”
“No, please don’t!”
“You are the chosen nation – I want to pay the full amount. I am going to pay all of the money you need.”
The girls were in a quandary and didn’t know if they were allowed to take money from a stranger. They politely said they need to speak to their principal and exited the store.
The principal wasn’t available. They were put through to different secretaries who weren’t comfortable with instruction them what to do. When the girls walked back in the store, they were surprised to learn that the stranger has left $200 for them on the counter. The amount covered all of their supply expenses…
I don’t know if this a story about hashgacha protis or the goodness of people. Either way, the girls were thrilled to be part of such a story.