Vandals tore through the small Valley Memorial Baptist Church on Browns Ferry Road sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. The vandal or vandals used something — a hatchet, or maybe an ax — to rip holes in the walls, smash furniture to pieces, overturn pews and pull a water fountain off the wall, flooding parts of the church.
A stranger who heard about the damage showed up and gave church member Dorothy Woody something.
He handed Woody a thick stack of folded $100 bills. Then he shrugged off her thanks, declined to give his name, and left. She had never seen him before.
With tears in her eyes and trembling hands, Woody slowly counted the bills out loud. One, two, three, four, five … 11, 12 … 18, 19, 20. Twenty $100 bills.