25-Year-Old Greg Smith says his "amazing" parents have helped him pursue his dreams. Well his parents definitely did something right...
During Greg's morning commute to his job as a personal trainer; he usually passes by the same homeless woman. She would never ask for money. Rather, she would smile and politely greet him. Over time, Greg started to sit down with the woman. Amy Jo, as Greg discovered, was a wonderful woman who had had a streak of bad luck. Their friendship bloomed and soon they were having lunch on a weekly basis.
But recently, Amy Jo told Greg something that changed her life. “Last week Amy Joe kind of dropped a bomb on me…” Greg wrote on Facebook.
His story went viral overnight and strangers from all over the globe are sending heartfelt messages of support.
Greg is a 25-year-old personal trainer who is also the founder of Hybrid Athletes in Orlando.
When he's not working out, Greg is a sales executive. During his morning commutes he started to notice the same homeless woman, 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,” Greg wrote on Facebook.
“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 every day 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?!?!?”
H/T: daily mail news