We constantly pass by the thousands of homeless men and women on the streets that we’re so used to them that we rarely stop to think about their unfortunate destinies. That was the case with Greg Smith, the founder of Hybrid Athletes, a professional fitness training organization in Orlando, Florida. On his way to work he always passed by the busy downtown area and as a businessman in a suit, he was often the target of the homeless, begging for food and money. However, he soon realized that every one of those poor souls has a story of their own, waiting to be told.
One morning, just like any other busy working morning, he was going to work. On his way through downtown Orlando, he walked by a homeless woman, just like the many he encounters on his route. What was so unusual about this woman you ask? Well, instead of asking for food or money, the woman just smiled at Greg and said, “Good morning, sir. Have a great day. God Bless.” Her words surprised Greg so much that he decided to take a moment from his busy schedule and talk to her for a while.
He later even went to lunch with her and they immediately clicked, so much that Greg now has a standing lunch appointment with the woman every Tuesday. What made this story go viral is how they spend their lunch dates and it’ll surprise you as well.
Read on to find out what else these two do during lunch… it’s so touching!
Meet “Amy Joe”.
For the last few weeks each Tuesday, Amy Joe and I meet at the corner of Pine Street and S. Orange avenue 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?!?!?
Isn’t it heartwarming to see how little time and effort you need to fulfill someone’s lifelong desire? Greg could have passed by Amy just like any other day, but he decided to stop and hear her story. It’s so inspirational!
Have you had a similar experience? If you do, please share your story in the comments below.