Driving down her Gulfport, MS neighborhood, Jessica Pittman noticed something peculiar. She saw this old man trying to sell wood outside of his SUV and she inquired what he was up to. After striking up a conversation, she found out that the guy was Kenneth Smith and he was accompanied by his wife, Helen.
The reason they were selling wood was to help pay for Helen’s medical bills that have been sky high due to her lung cancer treatments. Kenneth, being the great husband, cut and bagged wood from his backyard and was only selling his product for $5.
The next year, when Jessica saw him again, she learned that Kenneth was STILL out there selling his wood. As it turns out, however, Helen passed away, yet he was still trying to sell wood for the same reason: bills. Compelled to do something about it, Jessica went onto Facebook to see if she could help the man out.
“My heart breaks every time I pass him. He waves at every single car that passes,” writes Jessica on Facebook. “We can all spare $5 to help this sweet man,” she urged her Facebook friends. Her heartfelt post made Kenneth’s son even create a GoFundMe page to raise money as his mom used up all of her life savings just to pay hospital bills.
It’s beautiful that such a nice gesture can go so far. We just hope that Kenneth can spend more time indoors and with his family as no elderly man should be out there selling wood to pay for his late wife’s bills.