Shelby Hudgens fell on hard times when his home burned down last November. Hoping for a fresh start, he moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., with nothing but his dog Blackjack and his car.
Ever since then, he has been living out of his car despite the bitter winter cold.
Over the weekend, news cameras caught the homeless man helping push drivers up a snow covered hill for over three hours.
“If anybody gets stuck out here, I’d be more than happy to push their car out again,” he told News5.
After the story first aired, an outpouring of support came in for Hudgens.
A woman set up a GoFundMe page, which at the time of publication is at $2,530 of its $3000 goal.
Fellow Good Samaritans have donated a few nights at a Comfort Inn as well as food for Hudgens and his dog, while another offered him a job.
Hudgens continued to show his generosity by promptly sharing his gifts with others in need.
Sarah Webster, the creator of the GoFundMe page writes, “I met with Shelby earlier today. He is the kindest most grateful person I’ve met. If he has anything more than he needs to survive he thinks and helps others. The news crew gave him hand warmers that he later gave to other people in need. The humane society gave him dog food that he divided up to help other homeless people with dogs. He handed his blanket to another person in need because the heat in his car was keeping him warm while they were cold.”
In a video uploaded by Webster, Hudgens expresses his gratitude to all the donors.
“This week, I’m definitely going to be replying to people who say they have job offers,” he said. “Words cannot express the thanks that I really have for everything that everyone’s done for me.”
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