Growing up, a lot of us were told to “love our neighbors.” It’s a beautiful adage that can be found in just about every culture and tradition out there.
Of course, like many simple and lovely principles, it’s easier said than done. We all get caught up in our own lives and forget to give back to our communities; that doesn’t make us bad people, it just makes us human.
But when we do have the time and opportunity to do something that impacts another life, we owe it to the world to seize the moment and try to help, like this sweet guy did when he found a pup stranded in floodwaters.
For a little heartwarming inspiration, we can all take a page out of the book of a little girl and her mom living in Orlando.
Together, the sweet duo have lit up the Internet with their support of a homeless, disabled veteran named Gene, who lost his home recently, and needs a helping hand.
Read on below to learn more about Gene and his mother-daughter guardian angels.
[H/T: Love What Matters]
Upon meeting the homeless veteran, the mom and daughter offered him food and a moment of comfort.
Jennifer writes that, “Tears flowed as Julianna gave him a plate of food. We had the honor to pray with him today.”
Since first meeting Gene, mother and daughter have returned several times to supply him with a good meal and help give him hope.
Jennifer and her young daughter Julianna met Gene, a homeless Vietnam War veteran, late last month through volunteer work.
The mom and daughter were volunteering with the organization Love Him Back.
The faith-based organization was holding a cookout for the homeless of Orlando and found him outside the Coalition for the Homeless center.
Gene was right outside the doors of the organization where he’d stayed for a few days.
As disabled vet missing a leg, he was seated in a wheelchair, looking defeated. The mom and daughter immediately got him a plate of food.
They could tell he had a story, and made sure to pray with him and talk with him until he told them a bit more about his life.
As it turned out, Gene was newly homeless and struggling to find a safe place because of his disability.
He and his wife Yvonne had been evicted from their trailer park less than a month earlier.
He was unable to find a permanent place in any shelter facilities because his disability means that he requires assistance with tasks like showering and dressing himself.
Along with friends from church, they set up a GoFundMe page for Gene and his wife.
On the page, there’s a brief description of Gene’s circumstances.
They also add a poignant, relevant Biblical passage, Matthew 25:35:
“For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you invited Me in.”
In just a few short days, Jennifer and Julianna’s community has rallied rapidly around Gene.
A friend with hairstyling skill gave Gene a trim and helped clean up his beard.
Julianna goes to visit him every day and Gene calls her his “little buddy.”
For the moment, the community is still working on raising funds for Gene, his wife, and other downtrodden folks like them.
You can check out their GoFundMe page here to help them towards their $5000 goal.
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