A Missouri veteran’s act of kindness has inspired his whole town to give back. Donations flooded in over the weekend, after people heard the story of Floyd Huffman. The down-on-his-luck veteran was spotted walking in the rain, carrying a box of food that he planned to distribute to people in need.

Tina Marie Pruitt and her son Trevor were driving home from Thanksgiving dinner, Thursday night, when they saw the Navy veteran walking. Pruitt took to Facebook to get others in the town of Poplar Bluff, Mo. involved in helping Huffman.

Former Marine Robert Chambers saw the post and also came forward to help Huffman.

“I asked him when I met him, ‘what do you need’” Chambers told KFVS. “The only thing he told me he wanted was a change of clothes. He said there’s too many people out there who need more than him.”

Huffman said he’d been sleeping at the railroad depot and under bridges until he was able to get a room at a friend’s home.

Pruitt’s online call for donations has opened the floodgates, with some from nearly 1000 miles away. The response has been so positive that she and Chambers are starting a non-profit called “Helping Heartland’s Heroes.”

“I’ve never had anyone reach out to me like this, and I can’t thank them enough,” Huffman said.

Yolanda R. Arrington is a content editor for Rare. Tweet her @iamyolanda and like her on Facebook.
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