Sometimes, it’s the simple acts of kindness that usher in the most fundamental change.
Such is the case for Ginger Sprouse, a woman who decided to take some small steps to help a homeless man in Kemah, Texas — acts of goodness that quickly bloomed into something much more profound.
Sprouse, a chef, said she first noticed Victor Hubbard standing on a street corner late last year, noting that she’d drive past him numerous times throughout each day. As time progressed, she started getting worried about the coming winter conditions.
“It really began to concern me and then I talked to a lot of people in the community and a lot of people wondered what was the deal,” Sprouse told KHOU-TV. “I would drive up and he would say ‘How are you doing today? Are you doing okay? Don’t ever let anybody do you wrong.’ Seriously, he always asked about me.”
Sprouse certainly could have simply ignored Hubbard’s plight and continued on her way, but she decided to take action, the Huffington Post reported.
She started visiting Hubbard on her lunch breaks and soon invited him into her home for meals, to shower and to nab clean clothes. Before long, the two struck up a friendship. And while all of that goodness was helpful to Hubbard, it was Sprouse’s decision to start a Facebook page for him that led to a plethora of other kind needs from additional members of the community.
That page, titled, “This Is Victor,” features photos and videos of Victor, and offers people the chance to help him out in viable ways; the page has already attracted more than 38,000 likes after Sprouse first launched it back in December.
“Victor resides at the corner of El Camino Real and Nasa Road 1 in Webster, Texas,” the description reads. “This is a community of people who care for him!”
The page has led to quite a bit of collaborative help, with one person offering Hubbard a free eye exam, and others offering food, a bike, a phone, clothing and other essentials. The community even rallied to throw a block party for Hubbard to help raise funds for him, as the Huffington Post noted.
And, according to KHOU-TV, Hubbard has even been able to reunite with his mom and uncle as a result of Sprouse’s efforts.
“She came around and she kind of saved me,” he told the outlet of Sprouse. “She helped me. It’s like grace.”
Sprouse has also helped Hubbard by giving him a job and taking him to a mental health professional for treatment; she created a GoFundMe to help pay for these latter expenses, and it has already brought in more than $26,000.
(H/T: Huffington Post)
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