According to odditycentral.com, poor families in the Turkish city of Istanbul have been visited by a mysterious patron paying off their debts at grocery stores and leaving envelopes of cash on their doorsteps over the past year.
The news website reports that last week, many poor people in Tuzla, a shipbuilding district on the Asian side of Istanbul, were happy to find out that their debts at local grocery stores had been paid by an unknown male benefactor who claimed to be doing the selfless deeds “only to earn God’s blessing”.
Prices of food and utilities increased astronomically and the rate of unemployment also soared after the crash of the Turkish lira last year, making the cost of living unbearable for most people.
It was, therefore, a blend of both shock and excitement for the people of Istanbul to discover that the unknown benefactor has been saving them without their consent.
Owner of a Tuzla grocery store is quoted as saying: “Someone came and asked me to show him the notebook where I record customers’ debts. There were four people with large amounts outstanding and I told him where they lived. He came back again after talking to them and paid all the debts. I also learned he gave extra cash to those families. I asked him his name and he told me: ‘Just call me Robin Hood’.”
Tuncay Yaşar, another grocer in Tuzla also said: “He told me he was there to pay the debts of those who cannot afford it. I have been here for 30 years and it was the first time I came across such a deed. My customers were very happy and wanted to see him but I don’t know who he is. He did not give his name and said he was doing this ‘only to earn God’s blessing’.”
Reports have it that in March this year when food costs hit a peak, the same man allegedly slipped envelopes containing 1,000 lira ($175) under the doors of needy families in several working-class neighbourhoods across Istanbul. Then in June he reportedly paid off 25,000 lira ($4,360) in grocery store debts as an Eid present.
Giving to the needy is good but why is the strange wealthy man not disclosing his identity so that beneficiaries of his good work can appreciate him?
Well, maybe, he is fulfilling Matthew 6:2 in the holy bible which reads: "So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”
May God bless him.