Just because he's homeless doesn't mean he wants to be Christmas-less.
John, known as "Philly," a homeless man living in New Orleans, wanted to add some holiday cheer to his makeshift living space by setting up a Christmas tree. Sadly, the city sanitation department was ordered to take his tree down due to a code violation. While one of Philly's friends retrieved the tree, the city took it down yet again. And that's when the community stepped in, to make Philly's Christmas a reality.
Kind strangers not only brought Philly more Christmas trees, but also donated gifts and decorations to add even more to his humble tent.
"I don't care what code violation it is," Kelly Caruso, one of the tree donors, said. "It's the holidays. And these people need everything that can uplift them as much as they can."
And as if the community's good deeds were not enough, Philly decided to pay them forward by donating many of those Christmas goods to other local homeless people in the area, keeping only the basics for himself.
When asked what Christmas meant to him, Philly simply said, "Helping others."
Well, it looks like the community—and Philly—went above and beyond with that meaning!
New Orleans city leaders are being called Scrooges after they ordered the sanitation department to get rid of a homeless man’s Christmas tree.Posted by ABC7 News on Friday, December 18, 2015
New Orleans city leaders are being called Scrooges after they ordered the sanitation department to get rid of a homeless man’s Christmas tree.
via Huffington Post
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