Target: Ms. Ashley McLemore, Teacher
Goal: Praise teacher for starting a holiday giving campaign for the homeless
A homeless man posted an ad on Craigslist asking for a family with whom to spend Thanksgiving. He was shocked to get a response from a wonderful woman who wanted to take him in for the holiday. Ashley McLemore, an English teacher getting her doctorate degree at George Washington University, saw the ad and felt like it was her duty to help someone who was down on their luck for the holiday. This woman’s tremendous act and giving spirit deserve our commendation and respect.
The man, Neal Shytles, is an out-of-work taxi driver who is living at a homeless shelter while he tries to get back on his feet. He says that he has spent holidays at the shelter before and that they always felt empty. He is generally pretty lonely, but the loneliness of spending holidays in isolation pushed him to seek a family. Ms. McLemore also said that she had to spend last Thanksgiving away from her family so she understood Mr. Shytles’s feelings on some level.
The most wonderful part of this story is that it goes beyond one powerful act of kindness. Other people in the town got wind of it and decided that they also wanted to do something for the homeless. They began taking turkey dinners to people in need and making donations left and right. As news spread, it got even bigger, and Mr. Shytles eventually received emails from people living in places as far away as Fiji and Malaysia.
This wonderful act of kindness sparked a flurry of giving and deserves to be commended and replicated. Please sign below to show your support for a future full of simple acts of kindness.
Dear Ms. McLemore,
Your generous and loving actions this past Thanksgiving are wonderful and deserve the respect and admiration of all people of good conscience. Not just anyone would be willing to take a homeless stranger into their home to share in a family Thanksgiving, but hopefully your good example will start a national trend.
Your generosity goes beyond this one act of kindness; because of you people have been inspired to help hundreds of other homeless people and those down on their luck with donations of food, blankets, and money. The world needs more people like you, Ms. McLemore, and on behalf of everyone who has heard your story, thank you for being such a wonderful person. You have truly restored some of my faith in humanity.
[Your Name Here]
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