Whether you are a maintenance worker, a doctor, or a cafeteria worker, employees in a children’s hospital have to witness heartbreak every day. There is nothing more sad than seeing a sick child, who is so innocent and free of hate.
For 18 years, Jessie Tendayi has worked in the cafeteria at the Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois and she has recently revealed a secret that she has been keeping. For the past eight years, she has been stashing a bit of her paycheck money away, putting the extra cash toward gifts that she buys for the children in her hospital at Christmas time.
While Jessie and her husband don’t have children of their own, they consider the children in the hospital to be part of their family. This year, her generosity and love for the children expanded even more, as she spent $4,500 of her own money to buy 1,300 toys for the children who had the unfortunate situation of being in a hospital bed during the holidays.
“I have to do what I have to do to make the children happy,” said Jessie, who wouldn’t have it any other way. Jessie sacrifices her own savings money to benefit these children, and feels that what she is doing is far more important than spending the money on herself.
“I’m happy, I’m happy to do this. When God puts this in your heart, you don’t get tired. You love what you’re doing. I love helping other people,” said Jessie, who is launching her largest gift-giving operation ever, this year.
When asked to explain how and why she started the gift-giving tradition, Jessie shares the following, of the event which was inspired by God and hope…
“Why do I do it? God put it in my heart. One day I was watching TV and I saw children in need. I asked myself, ‘What should I do for them to calm down what they are going through?’ So I started saving my money to make sure the children had something to play with while they are sick, so they can forget their pain.”
All Jessie wants if for the toys to provide a little bit of time for the children to be children and be freed from the depressing thoughts of treatments, prognosis and results. The tradition fills her heart with love and compassion and she believes that if the children smile for only a minute when they receive their toys, then her job is done.
Jessie’s good deeds have not gone unnoticed and commenters have been inspired by her kindness…
“Now someone needs to give her $5,000. ❤️ And a hug ? and a kiss?”
“What a lovely women she is, unbelievable she works in a cafeteria and still spend money to make children happy.. I have really big respect for you madam.”
“God bless her heart, she has more heart than most millionaires and billionaires. I used to work at the same hospital as a nurse until I moved to Indiana to get away from the gang violence in Chicago. She always has a smile on her face.”