Greg Smith, a young man living in Florida, is a smart, generous, and well rounded business owner. He wears suits every day and the nicest leather shoes. Amy Joe is a middle aged homeless woman. What do they have in common? A scheduled lunch date every Tuesday.
Frequenting the downtown Orlando area, Greg Smith is no stranger to the homeless population. It is almost common for Smith to be asked for cash, food, or even clothing. During one of his walks to the office, he spots an older woman on the corner. Immediately he notices her positive attitude.
After walking by her, Smith is stunned. The woman didn’t ask for anything. She simply offered kind words. Intrigued by her behavior, Smith decided to strike up a conversation with the lady and shortly after learns her name, Amy Joe. As he was walking away, he couldn’t help but notice the smile painted on her face.
During the course of a week, Smith and Amy Joe continued to run into each other. Finally, he extends an invitation to go to lunch on Tuesday. It is during their meal that he learns some shocking and devastating news.
Mary Joe doesn’t drink or do drugs. However, she admits she doesn’t know how to read. Smith’s jaw drops open. As he listens to Amy Joe explain how difficult it is to find employment. he can’t help but wonder how she has managed to maintain such a resilient and constantly positive attitude in life.
Having grown up in a loving, supportive, two parent home, Smith was offered every opportunity to succeed. He decides it is his turn to give back to those less fortunate.
The two promise to meet every Tuesday during Smith’s lunch break. Their goal? That Amy Joe learn to read.
Smith decides it is best to rent one book a week from the local library to review with Amy Joe during their weekly meal together. Afterwards, Amy Joe will continue to practice and review everything she learned.
Greg Smith humbly reminds others in an online post he is not seeking recognition for his “good samaritan” act. He simply wants to recognize being a good person translates into many different things.
“This post is in no way to make anyone feel sorry for Amy Joe or brag about me doing something for someone less fortunate. 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.”
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