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Elderly Man Stands Out By The Road Every Day Selling Wood For A Heartbreaking Reason

DECEMBER 1, 2016  —  By Sarah Gzemski  
Sarah Gzemski

Sarah Gzemski

Animal and pizza lover with an Internet addiction. Nerd to the max. Currently residing in Arizona, the land of beautiful winters.

After a long battle with illness, medical bills can be absolutely overwhelming.

When Jessica Pittman drove by an older couple selling wood by the side of the road one day, she stopped to talk to them what they were doing and learned that Helen and Kenneth Smith were just trying to pay for Helen's medical bills. Her battle with lung cancer had been expensive and they were not rich people.

A year later, Pittman drove by the same spot and saw the same sight, except this time it was just Kenneth. Helen had passed away.

Still saddled with the costs of her treatment, Kenneth was trying to pay off the hospital charges $5 at a time with bags of kindling.

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Pittman was so touched that she took to Facebook to tell everyone to buy kindling from the grieving man.

She wrote, "My heart breaks every time I pass him. He waves at every single car that passes...Precious man. I can't buy it all! Anyway, we can all spare $5 to help this sweet man."

Interest in Kenneth's story was so strong that his son decided to set up a GoFundMe page for him.

It had now far surpassed its goal, with money pouring in from all over the world from people moved by Kenneth's story. The money will be used for his late wife's medical bills, and any additional funds will cover Kenneth's living expenses.

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If you happen to live in Gulfport, Mississippi, stop by Kenneth's firewood stand and say hello. No matter where you live, if his story has impacted you, consider donating on this GoFundMe page.

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