The story of the life of Oseola Mc Corty is indeed amazing. Born into poverty, she grew up in a tiny house that she never left except to go up the street to buy groceries and to visit her church. She made her living washing other people’s dirty laundry, Carefully saving the nickels and the dimes and the quarters that were offered to her in return. She never learned how to drive and she never got married-although she did say in a lighter vein, when she was in her late eighties that she was “still looking for a good man,” Oseole lived a simple, decent and frugal life, dutifully putting aside the money that she earned day after day, week after week, month after month as the decades slipped away.
One day, at the age of eighty-seven, she walked into her local bank and was greeted by a banker who asked her whether she had an idea how of much she had accumulated as a result of these small daily contributions she had been making over the course of her life. When she indicated that she had no idea, he smiled and informed her that over one-quarter of a million dollars sat in her bank account. Sensing that Oseola had no concept of how much money that was, the banker took out ten dimes and placed them on the counter. “These ten dimes represent your money, Oseola. What will you do with them?” She pointed to the first dime and vowed to give it to the church. The next three dimes were reserved for her much-loved nieces and nephews. And then a lovely smile came to Oseolas’s face as she said that the remaining dimes were to be used for something very special.
One month later, the local university in Oseola’s hometown received a check from her for $150,000, with a request that it be used to set up a scholarship fund to help poor students fulfill their dreams. This act of humanity touched people around the world. Oseola was honored by Presidents and Prime Ministers and even received an honorary doctorate from Harvard University. Through all the Hoopla, she maintained that she still wanted to spend her life in a simple and principled way. But she confided that she never expected that her dream to be realized given her advanced age 94.
However the day came when Oseola was given the honour to walk on to the stage to give away the scholarship .She couldn’t help the tears of joy rolling down her cheeks . After Oseola passed away, a reporter called that young scholarship winner and asked her for a comment on the death of her benefactor. The student offered this response. “Heaven couldn’t have gotten a better angel. She was an inspiration, a blessing, a treasure to the entire earth”
“Look at the life of Oseola Mc Carty how she washed people’s dirty clothes to make ends meet. She lived in a tiny home and was unknown to the world. And yet through her small daily acts of contribution-saving those coins over all those years for a worthy cause-she blessed the world. What a glorious legacy this woman left”