As a businessman in a bustling metropolitan area, Greg Smith gets stopped by beggars asking for money every day. But then Smith’s life collided with Amy Joe, a kindly homeless lady who never asked him for anything, and he saw a different side of the struggle.
Recognizing the woman’s gratitude, though she had nothing in life, Greg Smith set out to help the uneducated homeless woman in the best way possible. He started to use his lunch breaks to help her fix the main problem in her life…
Greg shared his story about his time with Amy Joe on Facebook for all to enjoy:
“Meet Amy Joe. 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 everyday 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…”
Joe explained that Amy Joe never learned how to read. This explained why she never was able to hold a job or get ahead in life.
“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.”
Although library cards don’t cost anything, these public institutions won’t let someone borrow books without a permanent address. But they will let people rent books for a small fee. So even reading costs money and homeless people like Amy Joe struggle to get even that in their life.
“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?!?!?”
Although Amy Joe looked rugged, she was much more than her appearance. As Greg Smith learned as he spent more time with her, Amy Joe was a person just like him.
Hopefully the two will continue to meet on Tuesdays and improve Amy’s reading skills!
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