Woman stunned by find in envelope left in second-hand car

Brooke Rolfe
News Reporter

A mum who has been “dealing with a lot” was brought to tears when an envelope filled with cash dropped onto her lap from the sun visor of a second-hand car she had just purchased.

Jen Willis received the heartwarming gift on June 19 after a particularly tumultuous few months of separating from her husband and navigating the coronavirus pandemic as a school principal with kids of her own to care for.

Ms Willis, from Daylesford in Victoria, came across the vehicle advertised privately after selling the family’s two previous cars, but was disheartened to hear another prospective buyer was scheduled to view it before her.

This kind letter was left in the car for Jen Willis. Source: Facebook

An instinctual feeling prompted Ms Willis, who also lives with multiple sclerosis, to attempt to negotiate with the seller by sharing some recent struggles and offering a deposit.

“It was the exact car I wanted as it was in my budget and had all the safety features to feel confident driving my kids around. I asked if he would consider selling it to it me unseen if I paid a deposit straight away,” she told Yahoo News Australia.

“I think he was worried as he wanted me to have seen it [before buying it], but could also see how much I wanted it and maybe needed it given all I had going on.”

Her luck came through and the sellers agreed to hold the vehicle for her, which she said may have had something to do with them seeing she was “dealing with a lot”.

After signing all the relevant paperwork, Ms Willis stepped into her new car to drive it home, pulling down one of the sun visors before driving away to reveal the envelope containing $150.

“This is a random act of kindness. Please use to spoil your family in a way that makes you happy. Just felt it in my heart to do for you in what sounded like a challenging time for you,” a note on the envelope read.

Jen Willis was brought to tears by the kind act. Source: Facebook

She messaged the sellers saying, “Thank you so very much! Brought tears to me!,” and they replied saying, “You’re welcome Jen”.

Overwhelmed by the incredibly kind gesture, the mum posted her story to a Facebook group dedicated to sharing random acts of kindness when she got home.

“Needless to say, I teared up instantly with this incredible thoughtfulness,” part of her post read.

Ms Willis said she would use the money to “treat my boys and I to dinner out in Daylesford”.

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