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Greg Smith Helping Amy Joe

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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 struggle with reading. Amy Joe does not smoke, drink, have a drug addiction, or anything to that nature. She simply just has never had anyone teach her to read well. She began to tell me any money that she can collect she uses to rent 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 helping her with read. I bring one 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. But you never know what you can do for someone until you try. Who is your Amy Joe?!?!?

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  • Donna Fields
    • $50 
    • 8 yrs

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Greg Smith
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Orlando, FL

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