Homeless Man Helping Motorists Wins Internet Lottery

June 25, 2015

Pictured here is a Colorado Springs homeless man named Shelby Hudgens.  He was caught on camera helping to push cars up a slippery hill during a messy snowstorm over one weekend.

And before he knew it, Hudgens found himself sleeping in a hotel room paid for by a viewer who saw him on the local news.

Hudgens has lived out of his car with his dog, Black Jack, and the few belongings he has left since his home burned down in November.

While he was standing out on the street corner at Fillmore, he decided to help drivers in need.  “I’m already out here.  [So] I might as well start pushing cars and people started saying oh here thanks,” he said.

He told NBC affiliate KOAA that he had spent three hours on Saturday night muscling multi-ton vehicles up the icy hill because, in his words: “you and I weren’t going to do it.”

In the nicest of nice guy voices, sounding sincerely happy, he said: “It could be worse. Any time anyone wants to lend a helping hand, it’s always good. It’s just going to make the world a better place.”

After his random act of kindness spread on social media, people gave him food, donations, and in one case, a job offer.  A woman named Sarah Webster even started a GoFundMe page for Hudgens after she read about his good deeds online.

“I wish that everyone would notice people in need and be able to help them so freely,” she told KOAA. “There’s a lot of people out there that have more than he has and choose not to help.”

Being the spectacular human that he is, Hudgens told KOAA that he’d like to to work in an assisted living facility and has dreams of becoming a certified medical assistant. He’s said he’s still processing the random turn of events.

“It’s one of those things where you think it’s never going to happen to me,” he said.

So today AmericasFootprints.com would like to honor Shelby Hudgens, who represents just one more human being that continues to maintain our faith in humanity.

See the original story on the Washington Post