Last Christmas Eve, USA Today ran an article discussing the financial hardships that plagued countless Americans during the holiday season. Featured in the article was Starlie Becote, a single mother of five children living in Rhode Island. Becote revealed to the publication that she had been having a really hard time and was struggling to make ends meet. She also regretfully confessed that she didn’t have a dollar to spare to even attempt to buy her children Christmas presents.
A foreign businessman, who has asked to remain nameless in an effort to protect his privacy, was touched by Becote’s story and decided that he wanted to help. The following January, he wired the mom-of-five $5,000 to assist with her expenses and paid off her student loans, which added up to more than $35,000, reports USA Today.
Becote had been unable to pay her $400 a month loan payments and was incurring $6 per day in interest. The “good Samaritan” encountered a few hiccups while trying to carry out his noble deed, as the U.S. Department of Eduction gave him grief about paying off the loan with foreign currency. It seems that the department’s policy prohibits the use of foreign monies to protect borrowers from paying unexpected exchange fees. Nevertheless, the man didn’t allow the roadblock to deter him. He eventually decided to wire the money to a family member in the United States, who then paid off Becote’s loans.
Becote is currently a case manager for a community mental health center and aspires to become a licensed social worker. In order to do so, she is required to finish graduate school. Thankfully, the good Samaritan paid off her loans before she defaulted on them, as this would’ve sabotaged her chances of borrowing money for grad school.
Not long after, Becote’s 2-year-old son D’Zhaun became ill and was admitted to the hospital. Doctors informed her that the toddler had come down with a serious respiratory virus. He then contract pneumonia and the MRSA infection. As a result of her child’s health troubles, Becote missed work for two weeks. She later revealed that after missing so many days of work, she never would’ve been able to pay her rent for that month if it were not for the $5,000 that the kind stranger had wired her.
“You don’t hear about people that do huge things like for people. I can’t believe anything like that ever happened to me in my life,” Becote says.
What a rare, but beautiful story!