Greg Smith is the founder of Hybrid Athletes, a professional fitness training organization. As a businessman in Orlando, Florida, Greg frequents the bustling downtown area where he often encounters homeless people begging for cash and food. Commonly found wearing a suit, Greg is a frequently stopped by the homeless.
One day, he walked by a homeless woman. Rather than ask for money, she simply smiled at Greg and said, “Good morning , sir. Have a great day. God Bless.” This woman completely caught Greg by surprise, and he stopped and had a conversation with the woman.
Greg eventually took her to lunch, and they hit it off so well that Greg now eats lunch with her every Tuesday. But what’s making this story go viral is what exactly the two do during their lunch dates.
Read on to find out what else these two do during lunch… it’s so touching!
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?!?!?
It’s heartwarming to see people go above and beyond for others in need. I love what Greg is doing for Amy Joe. It’s inspiring!
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