A simple conversation turns into a $150,000 donation for nonprofit organization

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
Simple Conversation Turns Into $150,000 For Nonprofit

RICHMOND, Va. – What seemed like a fluke, overseas encounter has brought blessing to the founder of a local nonprofit, and a challenge to the Richmond community.

It starts with Richmond Friends of the Homeless, a group that has been helping the underprivileged and homeless since 1986. They have three locations where they offer meals.

"This church makes a big difference in my life with this meal," Amy Trammel said. "This has definitely opened a door for us to have somewhere, to be able to eat, to make sure my daughter isn't hungry."

Many who visit these locations aren't necessarily homeless, but without the service, many would go hungry. The nonprofit feeds more than 171,000 people each year. And of course, money is always tight.

"Funding is always the difficult part," said Shawnee Hansen, who runs the nonprofit.

7 PHOTOS
Simple conversation turns into $150,000 for nonprofit
See Gallery
A simple conversation turns into a $150,000 donation for nonprofit organization
CBS 6
CBS 6
CBS 6
CBS 6
CBS 6
CBS 6
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

Shawnee recently took a vacation, or pilgrimage, to walk along a holy spot in Spain, known as Camino de Santiago, where she had a chance meeting with two brothers who were Cuban refugees.

"Totally credit our country for who they are today," said Hansen.

She said that over dinner her nonprofit was brought up in the conversation and that's when the stranger said he thought their meeting was God's plan.

"God whispers in my ear, 'Mike, I want you to go walk the Camino, there's someone that needs your help and I'm going to bring them to you,' and I believe you're the person he wanted me to meet," Mike said.

A week later Hansen gets a call from her daughter.

Hansen recalled.

It was the largest donation ever made to the organization, and Hansen said the donor asked only one thing.

"You go back and tell them this story and if a total stranger in Miami, Florida believes so much and is so impressed with the work that Richmond Friends of the Homeless is doing, I just challenge the Richmond Community to match my $150,000."

Shawnee is considering opening a fourth location to help serve the Hispanic population on Richmond's Southside.

If you would like to donate, click here.

More from AOL.com:
This Braille smartwatch is a game changer for the visually impaired
New York summer camp provides haven for homeless children
Man and daughter pretend to be homeless, results will shock you

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners