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Old Lady Has Been Living on the Streets for Years, Has $720K in Her Bank Account — Story of the Day

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By Monica Otayza
May 12, 2022
01:30 P.M.

A banker notices an old lady living on the streets selling flowers, only to discover that she had $720,000 in her bank account. He decides to investigate her case, and what happens next stuns him. 


Bruce worked as an account manager in the bank. To get his mind off of work, he would walk the streets or run in the park, unwind, and enjoy the fresh air.

Every day, he would notice the same lonely old lady sitting on one of the park benches, selling flowers. She sat in the same place until days turned into weeks and weeks into months.

Bruce would see her there in the morning while walking to work, and he would see her there at night when he had his evening stroll. This made the banker assume that the lady had been living in the park. 

Bruce would notice the same old woman sitting in the park while he jogged everyday. | Source: Pexels


One day, Bruce couldn't help his curiosity and decided to approach her. He asked if she had any children who could take her in. The old lady shook her head. "My children think I'm crazy." 

Bruce introduced himself, and the woman replied that her name was Patricia Snyder. That day, Bruce decided to buy all of the flowers Patricia was selling so she could buy herself something to eat. 

"Please, go to a restaurant and eat. It would be best if you did not starve yourself," he told her and handed her a couple of bills. 

Patricia scoffed. "I am not going to spend this money on food! I have a bigger dream I am saving up for. Thank you for supporting me, young man," she said. 


The old lady sold flowers to those passing by. | Source: Pexels

As Bruce walked away with a bunch of flowers in hand, he began to think, "Her kids must be right – she is crazy indeed."


The following day, Bruce was at the front portion of the bank, covering for one of the tellers who had taken her lunch break. While sitting at the counter, the old woman named Patricia walked in.

"It's you!" Patricia remarked. "Hello, Bruce. Would you be so kind as to deposit this into my account?" 

"Of course," Bruce responded. He searched for Patricia Snyder's name on the system, the name on the lady's passbook. His jaw dropped when he saw that she had $720,000 in her account. Bruce remained silent, but his curiosity got the best of him, so he decided to investigate the case some more.

The old lady deposited some money into the bank where Bruce worked. | Source: Pexels


The following day, he saw the woman crying on the park bench she would always be sitting on. "What's the matter?" Bruce asked. 

"I've already sold all my flowers, yet the money I have isn't enough," she said tearfully. 

Bruce was taken aback. "What do you mean? You have more than 720 thousand dollars in your bank account. Isn't that enough to live a comfortable life?" he asked her. 

Then the woman began to open up. She revealed that her daughter had given birth to a sick child, only to abandon him at the maternity ward. She and her husband refused to care for a sick baby, but Patricia was determined to raise the kid – that's why she was called crazy. 


"I sold everything I had to raise money for his heart transplant. There's a donor already, but I'm short sixty thousand to pay for it. I don't know what to do," she cried in despair. 

The old lady felt hopeless as she didn't have enough money for her grandson's treatment. | Source: Pexels


Bruce was stunned at her selflessness. He decided to act quickly by posting a fundraiser on social media for Patricia's benefit. In only an hour, they had raised enough money for her grandson's treatment and more. 

"There is hope in humanity. You people are incredible," she cried in tears as she left the hospital with a healthy baby in her arms. Bruce took her to her new apartment, which was also paid for by donations from random strangers. 

Patricia started a new life with her grandson, Adam, whom she legally adopted. Bruce became his godfather, and he would often visit to help care for the young boy. 

What can we learn from this story?

  • Never give up, no matter how challenging your situation is. Patricia did not give up on her grandson and did everything she could to save him. In the end, she was able to take him home and raise him in a loving environment. 
  • When people are united, great things can happen. Patricia was feeling hopeless after being short thousands for her grandson's treatment.  In the end, strangers joined forces to help her, which enabled her to save the young boy's life. 

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