(STORYFUL) - A man living in Fort Wayne, Indiana, took to Facebook to share a story from his local grocery store, Fort Wayne Halal Meat and Grocery.
Ahmed Abdelmageed wrote a brief history of the store and where “everyone there greets you with a smile, helps you take your groceries to the car if your hands are full and always have ready a sweet treat for your young child.”
But it was the discovery of an IOU book in the store that prompted Abdelmageed to share on Facebook.
The post reads,
You need to read this, especially if you live in Fort Wayne, and file it under "there is hope in the world still"
So today I was at the Fort Wayne Halal Meat and Grocery store on Hobson and State st. A local small business owned by a beautiful Burmese family of a husband, wife and their ever so welcoming 2 &1/2 year old son. They provide all kinds of groceries but fill in a particular niche market by providing all kinds of spices, Asian delicacies and Islamically prepared meat that is cut and cleaned to order in their impeccably clean room. Everyone there greets you with a smile, helps you take your groceries to the car if your hands are full and always have ready a sweet treat for your young child.
What's your point Ahmed?
Well, today I stumbled upon yet another thing this store does. I saw the owner discretely pull out a book and without changing her tone of voice, or the smile on her face, speak with a young Burmese family. When I got up to the counter, I asked "is this an IOU book?" And she said "yes, do you need help brother?" I said "no but I would like to help"
This is a family owned, local, small business, with a small budget but a humongous heart. They live the prophetic teaching of Mohammad (peace be upon him) who said "wealth is never decreased by charity" granted, this is not charity but they do end up forgiving some money when the going gets even tougher.
I share this because I want to highlight my favorite things about local business; Their big hearts and the positive impact they have on their community.
I also want to let you know that they are Muslim and, in this case, refugees.
Please stop by and support them by doing some shopping there and if you happen to have a little extra then maybe consider picking up someone else's tab
(by the way, I saw the book and people who have IOU's are paying their debts off and not just abusing this family's generosity. The couple also knows the backstory of every IOU)
The book is being used to help those struggling to come up with the cash to pay for much-needed supplies. Abdelmageed encouraged others to support the business and perhaps even donate money towards the IOU book.
The post has been shared over 2,000 times and a GoFundMe page was set up to help pay off the IOUs.