This lady saw a disheveled-looking man break down in tears in a Burger King fast food joint. She knew that she was left with no choice and need to do something about it.
While waiting in her car in a Burger King drive-thru, Katy Hurst from Independence, Missouri, saw an older man, down on his luck, broken and in tears.
The disheveld-looking man was sitting at a table by the window inside the restaurant, head in hand, as all his pain and emotion poured out.
As she passed by, she clicked a photo of the man and recognized him from around town. He was homeless and “used to have a bike with a cart,” Hurst said, according to Fox 43.
The lady already made up her mind that she was going to help. “I had no choice,” she said.
She dropped off her child, and went back to the restaurant and, luckily, the man was still there. She sat down beside the man, and started a conversation, and learned that his name was Pops. He was 57 years old and going through hard times.
While driving Pops home, he opened up about his troubles. He shared how sad and lonely he was and that, besides being homeless, his body was in constant pain, as he had suffered a broken collarbone and broken ribs, but had no money for medical treatment.
He told her that he was ready to give up on life. “I was sad. I had one bad time after the next,” Pops told KMBC9. He had been praying for an angel or for God to take him home.
“He said, ‘But I just want it to end. I just want to go,’” Hurst told 41 Action News. “And that’s when I told him, ‘Today’s not the day.’”
Hurst posted the pictures of Pops on Facebook, which she had taken, went quickly viral, and donations of money and clothing began pouring in from good Samaritans in the community.
One lady, Pamela Denson, gave Pops a much-needed haircut. “I saw the frailest tiny man I’ve ever seen,” she said.
The lady offered Pops food and a place to sleep at her home. Pops’s favorites, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, were enough to make him happy. “He’s been eating all day,” said Hurst.
The community rallied around one of their own and raised more than $7,500 for Pops’s medical costs through a crowdfunding page. Later, he was taken to the hospital to have his injuries treated.
Pops, who was grateful for the support, hopes that people will look at those homeless amongst them in a “different light.” “We’re not bad people,” he said.
“We have to help each other,” Hurst said, “and helping each other helps all of us.”