Harrod couple finds $1,000 gift in mailbox


By Josh Ellerbrock - jellerbrock@limanews.com



Reva Leach, 82, right, holds an anonymous card that contained a $1,000 donation as her husband, the Rev. James Leach, 82, talks about the gift Monday.

Reva Leach, 82, right, holds an anonymous card that contained a $1,000 donation as her husband, the Rev. James Leach, 82, talks about the gift Monday.


David Trinko | The Lima News

Reva Leach, 82, right, holds an anonymous card that contained a $1,000 donation as her husband, the Rev. James Leach, 82, talks about the gift Monday.

Reva Leach, 82, right, holds an anonymous card that contained a $1,000 donation as her husband, the Rev. James Leach, 82, talks about the gift Monday.


David Trinko | The Lima News

HARROD — This past weekend, James and Reva Leach found a curious letter in their mailbox.

The envelope was simple. Adorned with James’s name and the couple’s Harrod address, it gave no clue to where it came from except for a Columbus zip code.

Inside, they found a card. On its cover: “Blessed be the Lord, who alone does wondrous things.” Tucked away between the cardboard flaps was a check for $1,000.

At first, they thought it was a hoax and avoided telling family or friends, but when they ventured to the Superior Credit Union Monday for some professional advice concerning the anonymous gift, they left the building with $1,000 in cash.

“For someone to give us $1,000, for us, that’s a lot of money,” Reva said.

When he learned that the check could be used, James said it felt it was “like a dream” and “unreal.”

“It’s the first time anything like this has happened. People have seen our lives, and they appreciate us,” James said.

James has been a minister since 1977. In the past, the couple headed the Circleville Church of Christ of Christian Union — a responsibility they kept for a little more than six years — where they grew the small church from eight members to 69 members.

Now retired, James officiates ceremonies when asked, sometimes speaking during funerals. The two also volunteer to drive Lima and Ada residents to attend Sunday services.

Reva said she doubts the money came from anyone they may have driven, as the majority wouldn’t have the funds as many lack vehicles.

But while they may not know who sent the check, they still wanted to say “thanks” for the anonymous gift. After leaving the credit union, they stopped at The Lima News to do so publicly.

“Whoever sent the check, we appreciate it. We hope the Lord blesses them every day,” Reva said. “We don’t know the reason they were so kind. I know God will bless them.”

“That’s why we came (to The Lima News) — to let them know we wanted to thank them and let them know how blessed they are,” James said.

As for their need, the two said the extra $1,000 will go a long way. Normally, the two 82-year-olds rely on Social Security to fund their retirement, but James’ recent bout with pneumonia put a strain on their budgets. Health insurance covered most of the costs, but they were stuck with a steep bill for his prescriptions.

“There is a God. There are miracles, and this is one of them,” Reva said. “To someone out there, we want to say thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. We can’t say it enough.”

“We’ve lived for God, and it’s the biggest blessing we’ve ever had. It came at a time when we could use it,” James said.

“We couldn’t just put it in the bank and forget it,” Reva said. “God will bless whoever sent this to us. We just want them to know how much we appreciate it.”

Reva Leach, 82, right, holds an anonymous card that contained a $1,000 donation as her husband, the Rev. James Leach, 82, talks about the gift Monday.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/12/web1_SurpriseCard.jpgReva Leach, 82, right, holds an anonymous card that contained a $1,000 donation as her husband, the Rev. James Leach, 82, talks about the gift Monday. David Trinko | The Lima News
Reva Leach, 82, right, holds an anonymous card that contained a $1,000 donation as her husband, the Rev. James Leach, 82, talks about the gift Monday.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/12/web1_SurpriseCard2.jpgReva Leach, 82, right, holds an anonymous card that contained a $1,000 donation as her husband, the Rev. James Leach, 82, talks about the gift Monday. David Trinko | The Lima News

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