Homelessness in this country is a huge problem. Greg Smith knows this all too well, and when you see what he did for one homeless woman in Orlando, Florida, you’ll wish there were more people like him.
Greg suspects he gets asked for money by so many homeless people is because he wears a suit to work every day. But one homeless woman who caught his eye, partly because she never actually asked him for money.
“Meet Amy Joe,” Greg wrote on his Facebook page. “For the last few weeks each Tuesday, Amy Joe and I meet in downtown Orlando. Each day for about a week, I saw Amy Joe at this corner and she never asked for money. She smiled and simply said, ‘Good morning, Sir. Have a great day. God Bless.’ I wear a suit to work every day so I get asked for money quite often downtown, but never once from Amy Joe. Every Tuesday Amy Joe and I now have lunch together. For 30 minutes to an hour, I get to hear how positive she is even though she really has nothing. [But] last week Amy Joe dropped a bomb on me…”
“She cannot read. Amy Joe does not smoke, drink, have a drug addiction, or anything to that nature. She simply just has never had anyone teach her how to read. She told me how hard it was for her to find work not being able to read. She began to tell me any money that she can collect she uses to check out library books that help with learning to read instead of buying food. This crushed me! She would rather learn to read to maybe find a job than eat! I have been blessed with two amazing parents and a family that has always had resources to provide me with anything I wanted to do. Amy Joe has not. So now not only do Amy Joe and I sit and have lunch, I’m teaching her to read. I rent one library book a week and we read it together Tuesday and she practices on her own throughout the rest of the week.”
It should be noted that while most American libraries don’t charge for library cards, people like Amy Joe, who don’t have a permanent address, have no choice but to pay for their books.
“I wanted to share this because maybe this can lead to someone helping another person,” Greg continued on his Facebook page. “There are a lot of people out there like Amy Joe, not all are hungry, homeless, or hurt. Some could be your family or friends. Helping someone could be as easy as saying hello and smiling. I have been fortunate enough in my finances that I can take care of Amy Joe, so that’s what I’m going to do. You never know what you can do for someone until you try. Who is your Amy Joe?”
We hope more people will follow Greg’s lead by going out of their way to be good to others. There is always someone who deserves your love and kindness!
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