The other morning I was driving to get breakfast. I drove past the old East Alton Walgreens and noticed a homeless lady sitting down all bundled up. I felt bad, so I couldn’t help but to stop and introduce myself. After sitting there for quite some time talking to her and her telling me all kinds of crazy stories, I asked her if she was hungry and if she wanted breakfast from McDonald’s. She tried so hard to convince me not to buy her anything. Told her I’d be right back and went and got her some breakfast and coffee anyways.
Once I pulled back up and got out the car to give her her food, the excitement on her face was absolutely heartbreaking and instantly brought tears to my eyes. I got in my trunk and got out a blanket, laid it out on the parking lot by where she sleeps and my dog and I sat there and ate breakfast with her. After a couple of hours of sitting there getting to know this woman, we’ve actually become pretty close. I check on her every day, and always bring her things she needs such as extra clothes, blankets, food, soda, baby wipes, soap, etc.
After I took Drayke to school this morning, I drove by and checked on her again. Karson and I sat there and chatted with her for a few minutes, and she looked at me and said “Lindsey honey… I just wanna say I’m very thankful I met you. God made you cross my path for a reason. To be able to interact with a genuine caring young woman like you means so much to me. Your son put a smile on my face that I haven’t had in a very long time. God bless you and your sweet family.” Needless to say, I definitely teared up.
Gave her a big hug and she cried on my shoulder. I gave her my phone number and told her if she ever needed anything at all, do not hesitate to call me. Pulled off to go to Walmart and not even 5 minutes later she calls me, crying. Thanking me over and over again for all my help. Feels so good to know I made an impact on someone’s life.
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