When James Anderson had to perform some drastic work for a retired woman with leukemia, he realized that he couldn’t take her money.
James Anderson has been a plumber for many years. He’s mastered his trade. He is by no means a rich person, but he can see that some of his clients are far worse off than he is.
His home town of Burnley in England has a large population of seniors who are on a fixed income. Very often, he would get called out to work on these people’s homes and couldn’t bring himself to charge them when he saw how little they had.
Anderson realized that these people needed help. So instead of being a contractor who charged people for his work, he decided to found a non-profit that uses crowdfunding and donations to pay for vulnerable people’s plumbing work.
Anderson has helped many older people who cannot pay for his services. But one particular story was so heartwarming that it went viral.
One day, Anderson was alerted about an old woman in his region that needed a boiler repaired. She was 91 years old and suffering from leukemia.
Apart from a tiny pension, this woman had no money whatsoever.
So Anderson went round her home, chatted to her and fixed up her boiler. She was incredibly pleased to have received this help.
But then she and her daughter were shocked when they received an invoice. They had thought that Anderson was doing his work for charitable reasons.
Then they saw what the invoice said:
“No charge for this lady under any circumstances. We will be available 24 hours to help her and keep her as comfortable as possible.”
And to reinforce this fact, the subtotal of the work was listed at £0.00.
The woman’s daughter was so moved by this invoice that she posted it to Facebook. It soon gained over 30,000 likes, 11,000 shares and many comments.
People all over the world have praised Anderson for his generosity and kindness. People have been saying things like this:
But this wasn’t the only time that Anderson had sent out one of these invoices. Whenever he completes a job, he sends out a no-charge invoice to reassure those he helps that they owe nothing to him and that he will be there to help them.
Christine’s post has also been incredibly beneficial for Anderson.
Up until she posted it, Anderson had been struggling to keep his non-profit afloat, as he was lacking in donations. He had even fallen into debt. But since the post went viral, he has raised $100,000.
If people keep on donating, there is no reason why Anderson should ever fall into debt for helping others again.
Some people have commented saying that they wish that there were more people in the world like Anderson. But another positive about the Facebook post going viral is that Anderson has discovered that there are more people like him. He later told a UK newspaper that people from all over the world have contacted him to see how they can set up their own plumbing non-profit.
Anderson’s efforts may just be the start of a revolution for older and disadvantaged people who cannot pay for their essential plumbing work.
The plumber himself believes that this can be the case. He later said “Hopefully… we can bring all communities together for one common cause across the planet, so everybody who’s elderly and disabled, not just in the UK, can benefit from something like this in society.”
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