Robert Simpson of Louisville, Kentucky, is among the millions put out of work by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Unfortunately for Robert, he didn’t just lose his job as a handyman. He lost his apartment as well. But the 64-year-old isn’t one to give up. Determined to support his family, he took to the streets in search of work — and found incredible generosity.
Since losing his job, Robert’s only income has come from a disability check of about $1,000 a month. He, his girlfriend, and her 6-year-old son have been living in a motel room for weeks now, which costs up to $60 a day. And he’s running out of money. Robert knew they couldn’t go on like this for much longer. So, for a week, he stood near a highway exit in the blistering heat, holding up a sign asking for work.
Someone snapped a photo of Robert and shared it on social media, hoping to help him — and they did! The post caught the attention of Kyle Kark, the owner of Greenstar Home Remodeling.
“We just made the decision to have him come on,” Kyle said. “I don’t know if we’ll have something for him all the time, but we’ll do what we can to help him get back on his feet.”
Not only has Kyle been providing steady work to Robert, but he drives him to and from job sites — and even bought him groceries! Plus, he doesn’t plan on ending this arrangement any time soon.
“If he’s coming to work and showing up and doing good work, and I got work for him, I’ll definitely keep him on and help him any way that I can,” Kyle said.
What’s more, he even started a fundraiser to help Robert get back on his feet! Thanks to hundreds of kind donors, he has already raised over $24,000!
Now, more than ever, it’s important we help our neighbors any way we can. Thank you, Kyle, for going above and beyond to get Robert through such a difficult time!
Learn more about how Robert finally landed a job in the video below, and share to spread support for this hard-working man!
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