A story from WTVM-TV reveals that in 2012, Hody Childress, a farmer and U.S. Air Force veteran, walked into a drug store in his hometown of Geraldine and learned from the pharmacist that sometimes families can’t afford to pay for their medicines.
He gave $100 to the pharmacist/owner Brooke Walker, telling her to use it for anyone who couldn’t afford their prescription, with one caveat. “Do not tell a soul that the money came from me. Tell them it’s a blessing from God.” And a month later, he came back into Geraldine Drugs and gave another $100 bill and he kept doing it, month after month, for over a decade.
Brooke did as Childress asked and never disclosed who the act of kindness came from, but continued using his generosity to help those who were struggling. No one knew about his good deed until the 80-year-old was approaching the end of his life and couldn’t get around, so he asked his daughter, Tania Nix, to take over for him and deliver the $100. She was shocked at her dad’s confession and was happy to help him carry it on. Childress passed away on January 1st, 2023,
Tania told the story of his secret generosity at his funeral.
That has inspired his friends and family to keep his pharmacy fund going in his honor.