She's Homeless, But When She Met Him, Everything Changed. Then He Realizes Where Her Money Goes...
Have you ever met someone who instantly touched your heart? Well, Greg Smith has, and he's sharing it with everyone. One day, in Orlando, Florida, Greg was on his way to work...
Have you ever met someone who instantly touched your heart? Well, Greg Smith has, and he's sharing it with everyone. One day, in Orlando, Florida, Greg was on his way to work, but on this day, he was drawn to a very special person. Her name is "Amy Joe." Greg wrote about the experience on Facebook, but never realized it would go viral. Not only did people like his post, but it was shared thousands of times and picked up by multiple news outlets. In fact, it all took him by surprise. He was only trying to make a difference in Amy Joe's life, and ended up changing her life.
The Facebook Post!
Greg posted a message with a photo of him and Amy Joe, and it was shared over 39,500 times. It is still being picked up by multiple news services around the nation. It all started with a small gesture, and has resulted in a national campaign of support!
Greg's Facebook post reads:
"Meet 'Amy Joe'. For the last few weeks each Tuesday, Amy Joe and I meet at the corner of Pine street and S. Orange ave in downtown Orlando (I work downtown and am always moving around the city). Each day for about a week I saw Amy Joe at this corner and she never asked for money...she simply said 'Good morning Sir, have a great day. God Bless!!' and smiled. I wear a suit to work everyday so I get asked a lot for money quite often downtown...but never once from Amy Joe. Every Tuesday Amy Joe and I now have Lunch together. For 30 min to an hour I get to hear how positive she is even though she really has nothing. Last week Amy Joe kind of 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 then 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. This post is in no way to make anyone feel sorry for Amy Joe or brag about me doing something for someone less fortunate. I wanted to share this because maybe this can lead to someone helping another person. 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. If this is something that hit home with you, Like & Share it...if not, that's okay too. But you never know what you can do for someone until you try. Who is your Amy Joe?!?!? #humblepie"
Heaps Of Support!GoFundMe
The story has gained so much attention that they set up a GoFundMe campaign, and people are generously donating to help Amy Joe!
Greg has this special message for all those who are supporting the campaign:
"Thank you to everyone who has donated and helped support the Amy Joe Foundation. I wanted to let everyone know that Amy Joe will be spending the next 5 nights in a hotel thanks to all of you. The donations are going to food, clothing, a library card, and much more to help the less fortunate in the Downtown Orlando area. Thank you again for everything....much more to come from the Amy Joe Foundation."
In Response To All The Support, They Made THIS Video To Say Thank You!
God bless everyone who helped to make this happen. May it inspire everyone to look more closely at the people around them and look for opportunities to help where they can. As Greg said, even a smile or a hello can brighten someone's day. So anything you can do, no matter how small, can make a world of difference to someone.
What a beautiful story, and we're so happy that he shared it!