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Neighbor Gives Vaccine Appointment to Stranger Needing Surgery

Christy Lewis was scheduled to receive her COVID-19 vaccine in February, but when she saw a neighbor in need, she decided to give her appointment slot away. What Lewis didn’t realize was that it wouldn’t be that simple.

Lewis wanted her slot to go to Emily Johnson, who’d posted her plight to the social media site Nextdoor. Johnson was scheduled for an open-heart surgery in Cleveland, but needed the vaccine to fly in an airplane, and none of her doctors in Austin had access to it. Moved by Johnson’s plight, Lewis responded: “I am scheduled for the vaccine this morning at 10:45 a.m. You need this much more than I do. If you can make this appointment, it’s yours. Please call me to arrange.”

However, the plan ran into a snag--when Lewis accompanied Johnson to get the vaccine, the clinic receptionist told them that swapping wasn’t allowed. It took some explaining and convincing, but eventually the receptionist finally consulted her supervisor, who authorized the swap. Lewis said, “I have a son who is quadriplegic, and we’ve been the recipients of numerous acts of generosity from other people. It’s a good feeling to be able to pay it forward.”

After their story went viral, Lewis confirmed that her vaccine appointment has been successfully rescheduled.

Possible Preaching Angle:

You never know when you might be able to bless someone in need, so be on the lookout for God to use you.

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