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Anonymous benefactor's small donations help when someone can't afford prescriptions

SPRING HILL — Pharmacist Donna Gorman was confused by the elderly lady's request.

If I give you some money, she asked, can you make sure it goes toward a prescription that someone otherwise could not afford?

But which customer? And when will they be arriving, Gorman asked.

"You'll know," the woman said.

On several occasions since she has left $20 or $40. Her 11-year-old great-grandson once left $5.

"In these times, I was especially shocked that anyone would do such a kind thing," said Gorman, who works at the Spring Hill Publix. "We take the money out for kids and older people. We had a blind, handicapped lady. Lack of insurance is a big issue here. You see a lot of tears when we do it."

It's not that the woman is independently wealthy. In fact, she's a 74-year-old grandmother, a "Jersey girl'' who prefers to remain anonymous.

But she knows the fear of worrying about the health of someone she loves. She and her husband moved to Florida in 1976 and he retired from Sears in 1999.

Now 79, he has sustained a string of maladies and 22 surgeries.

"Having dealt with illness and the concern," she said, "even to do a little bit, and that's all this is ... it's the right thing."

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Anonymous benefactor's small donations help when someone can't afford prescriptions 05/04/09 [Last modified: Saturday, May 9, 2009 11:41am]
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