The Homeless Man & His Christmas Tree

A very nice story from AOL.

An excerpt.

When the Grinch — i.e. city officials — tried to steal one homeless man’s Christmas, his community simply wouldn’t have it.

The good people of Louisiana rallied so many donations for Philly that he has begun giving away some of the gifts to others in need.

Philly, who lives in a tent under an expressway in New Orleans, was absolutely heartbroken when his Christmas tree was taken away last week after the city said it was a code violation.

He claims the city’s garbage truck crew tried to sneak the tree away from him, since they left everything else behind. “They pinpointed just the tree,” he said in an interview, shaking his head sadly.

But when people heard the story of poor Philly and his trashed tree, something amazing happened. The community rallied behind Philly, and started dropping off Christmas trees and decorations in such abundance that he had started donating them to a nearby women’s shelter.​

“You don’t have to have thousands and millions to help somebody. You can have a penny in your pocket, not even a penny, and reach out to somebody.”

Philly, Good Samaritan

When asked by a reporter what Christmas meant to him, Philly responded with two simple words: “Helping others.”

And while Philly said he was thrilled to be able to pay the community’s generosity forward, he also noted that the way the community’s attitude as a whole seemed to change surrounding the events was a small miracle in and of itself.

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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