A music store owner's understanding of tough times is still touching lives.
As a 13-year-old-boy, Jacques Ruffin was totally oblivious to his mother’s financial woes as he played on the trumpet she was paying off in installments. It’s only now, at age 21, that Ruffin has discovered that one beautiful act of kindness, eight years ago, enabled him to have a “gift of music,” which has “opened so many doors” in the young man’s life.
Recently, while Ruffin was clearing out a closet, he came across a letter addressed to his mom from James W. Jones, who owns the Allegro Music Centre in Florida. In a kind and compassionate gesture, Jones wrote to Ruffin’s mom to explain that he had taken the decision to alleviate her financial burden by clearing her debt, allowing those arduous monthly installments to be over. Appreciating her situation, Jones also encouraged the mom, saying, “I have been through bad times like you. But remember tough times never last, tough people do.”