|Kinnickinnic River (Photo by Sulfur)|
Although 2017 had its share of lurid news, there were many good deeds that never made headlines. So let’s end the year with one that did.
WISN Milwaukee recently reported on a homeless man who spends frigid nights under a bridge. Edward Kingery has been living down by the Kinnickinnic River for the past two years.
Life wasn’t always that way for Kingery. He had “worked for the same company for 33 years” before things “unraveled.” This upheaval had a lot to do with the loss of “several close family members in a short amount of time.”
When Karyn Oberlander watched the WISN report, she decided to do something about it. Having been homeless herself at one point, she well understood the misery that Kingery endures.
Oberlander therefore showed up at his frozen “doorstep” and offered him three gifts. Not gold or spices, but precious things nevertheless: a hug, a gift card, and a bus pass.
Kingery was “overwhelmed” and said: My heart is just joyful. He also promised to repay Oberlander someday. Perhaps his joyful response already has.
Most everyone loves a happy ending.
Copyright December 31, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke All Rights Reserved