Homeless Newspaper Seller Receives Gift Of $10,000
by Jason Lamb
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A street vendor of a relatively new newspaper sold mainly by the homeless recently received the surprise of his lifetime: a $10,000 check from a stranger who bought one of his newspapers.
Stephen Gilland has stood on the street corners in Nashville every day to sell the paper Faith Unity Out Loud. Gilland said he makes about $45 a day.
"Through this paper, we've made our rent and food and everything," said Gilland.
Last week, as he was selling papers, a man in a car came up to him, bought a paper, and gave Gilland a check for what he told him was $200.
"He said, ‘I'm going to give you $200 to open an account, that way when you make the money every day, you can just put it into the bank.'" Gilland said.
However, when Gilland got home, he and his wife Edith opened up the envelope and found it contained a surprise – the check was for $10,000, not $200.
"He took me and my wife off the streets," said Gilland. "He helped us so we can get a motor home so we have a place to live."
Gilland said he still doesn't know the name of the person who gave him and his wife the money.
"If he's seeing this right now, I'm saying thank you, God bless you," Gilland said.
Gilland said he has some of the money left over, so he decided he will be spending the rest of the money to buy those in need some food.