Cash for Kindness: A Good Samaritan

Jones and Robinson hug after the surprise was unveiled.
Jones and Robinson hug after the surprise was unveiled.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - You could say the phone is her lifeline. It's how she connects to people in need.

Debbie Jones is the Director of the Samaritan Inn Ministry for the Montgomery Baptist Association. It's dedicated to helping families with loved ones in our local hospitals who live more than 60 miles away. Although there is a small budget for the ministry, Dot Robinson says Jones often helps out with her own money.

"A lot of time she pays for things like gas and food for the people she's helping just out of her pocket because she's got such huge heart and she's so generous," Robinson explained.

Robinson nominated her co-worker after witnessing her kindness first hand. When the April tornadoes hit Jones had only been on the job six months, but Robinson says she hit the ground running and helped tornado victims with basic needs.

"How do you think she'll use the money?" Robinson was asked.

"Well, I hope she'll use it for herself. She's been talking about taking her granddaughters to the beach, so I hope she does that rather than putting it back into the ministry because she deserves it," Robinson said.

So, with $120 WSFA 12 News and Robinson surprised the keeper of Samaritan Inn.

When we met Debbie Jones she was working the telephone but took a moment to learn why we were there.

"Because of your big heart and all you do for the people of Samaritan Inn I nominated you for Cash for Kindness,"  Robinson announced to her friend.

"Thank you," a surprised Jones said. "It means a lot. I have a passion for this ministry and I feel like I'm doing what the good Lord wants me to do."

For following her passion to help people, Debbie Jones, we salute you and pray you carry on with God's work.

"It has touched me I was even nominated," Jones admitted.

If you'd like to nominate someone for "Cash for Kindness" send an email to and don't forget to put "Cash for Kindness" in the subject line.

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