It's easy to look the other way when people around us needs our help or feeling bad. It could be someone we work with, a family member or a complete stranger on the street. Often, all that it takes is a friendly smile or a caring question. It could also just be a simple lunch. Greg Smith and Amy meet for lunch every week. Amy is homeless. Getting together once a week has been rewarding for both of them, but one day Amy shares something that Gregnever would have thought was possible, He decided to share this story on Facebook and the story has since then got thousands of eople around the world passing it on. Really, it ain't that strange: This is a story worthy of sharing so that as many people as possible gets the chance to read it and get inspired!
“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?!?!?”
We can all do something, help spreading this story so more people around the globe could get inspired!