There is nothing as fulfilling as helping out your fellow man. This Okie from Muskogee, Timothy Gray makes it a tradition to help out the unfortunate and the homeless during the brutal winter months.
After reading this article from the Tahlequah Daily Press about Gray’s charity work, you can understand why they call him a Hometown Hero. Gray, a trucker of the highest caliber, said he has distributed the blessing bags for about eight years because he believes everyone deserves a chance at receiving help, no matter what their situation is or what caused it to be that way.
“One thing that gets me is, if there is a deer caught in a fence, there are a hundred hunters trying to get that deer out of that fence, but if there is a homeless person downtown, they walk right past them. I can’t understand why people would do that.”Timothy Gray to the Tahlequah Daily Press
The stockings, or bags if he runs out, contain various basic necessities, such as water, socks, mouthwash, toothbrush, gloves, lotion, Vienna sausages, chips, flashlights, McDonald’s gift cards, and other things. Gray said he gives out about 10 stockings for this time of year.
He does this year-round actually, each month in various places along his travels. Due to observing several instances of homelessness throughout his years, Gray told reporters he also carries the bags on his truck to give to people he meets while out on the road.
His advice for others who want to help people in similar situations is to simply do what is in their hearts. “If you feel like you need to help somebody, then help them.”
While holiday time tends to bring more of a need for the blessing bags, Gray said people need help every day of the year. “It’s not a permanent thing because everybody will come out of it sooner or later if they try, but it takes an army of people to do it, and the best thing that we can do is never give up on the homeless people.”