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Nine women from West Tennessee made a secret society and started working on their mission. They started their daily routines at 4 AM every day and made sure their families, including their husbands don’t get a clue of what was happening. Three decades later, they revealed their secret mission to their husbands, which gave them a shock. The group of nine women were probably on the noblest and the heart-warming task of the world: To spread happiness and joy by performing random acts of kindness for the poor and those in need.
Their acts of kindness will melt your heart!
They have been together since childhood and most of them were raised by a couple, MaMaw and PaPaw, who were always doing good for the community.
One day while playing the card game together, they remembered how MaMaw Ruth used to bake and send pound cakes to the families where someone had died recently. Whenever she read about any life loss in the newspaper, she'd immediately start baking a cake for the family of the dead person to console them.
The 'startup money' came when the "sisters" decided to save money by doing the laundry themselves. "I admit, I protested at first. There's just something about laundering that I don't like. But I was outnumbered! So among the nine of us, we'd put aside about $400 a month and our husbands never noticed a thing. Their shirts looked just fine." says one of the nine sisters.
The noble ears were open all the time. Whenever they came to know about someone in need, they'd secretly help them by paying their bills and buying them clothes and groceries.
Following their childhood teachings, the Nanas also sent packages of pound cake, made from the same recipe of MaMaw and attach a note to the package. The note said, "Somebody loves you."
"We'd drive through low-income neighborhoods and look for homes that had fans in the window. That told us that the people who lived there didn't have air-conditioning. Or we'd see that there were no lights on at night, which meant there was a good chance their utilities had been turned off. Then we'd return before the sun came up, like cat burglars, and drop off a little care package."
"We became coupon clippers. And we'd use green stamps. Remember those? We'd use green stamps and we'd make sure to go to Goldsmith's department store on Wednesdays. Every week they'd have a big sale and you could spend $100 and walk away with $700 worth of merchandise."
One of the 9 Nanas' husband noticed the extra mileage on the car and other saw the huge withdrawal from their bank account. "He brought out bank statements and they were highlighted!" Mary Ellen, one of the 9 Nanas said, recalling the fright she felt. "I tried to explain that I had bought some things, but he had this look on his face that I'd never seen before – and I realized what he must have been thinking. I called the sisters and said, 'You all need to get over here right away.'"
But exactly opposite happened. "They were amazed that we were doing this and even more amazed that they never knew. We can keep a good secret! All but three of them are retired now, so sometimes they come with us on our drive-bys. In our area, all you need is an address to pay someone's utility bill, so we keep the men busy jotting down numbers."
The Nanas were encouraged by their kids to start an online business of selling pound cakes. Soon, the orders marked 100 orders in a day and are adding to the funds raised to help the poor. They recently donated more than $5000 of personal care products, pillows and linens to a shelter for domestic violence survivors.
Mary Ellen says, "Not everyone is as lucky as we were to have MaMaw and PaPaw to take care of them, to fix all those things that are wrong. So this is our way of giving back. We want people to know that someone out there cares enough to do something. We want to make sure that happiness happens."