Old Man Sells Wood Every Day To Pay Wifes Medical Bills, Then Neighbor Learns She Already Died


Jessica Pittman was driving through her hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi when she noticed an elderly couple standing beside their SUV parked on the side of the road. Curious, Jessica pulled up and struck up a conversation.

She learned that Kenneth Smith and his wife Helen were trying to sell kindling wood to help pay for her medical bills. Helen was diagnosed with lung cancer, so Kenneth chopped and bagged his own wood in an effort to bolster their finances. He was selling the kindling for $5 a bag.

The following year, Jessica spotted Kenneth out there on the same corner once again, selling wood to anyone who was interested. But there was no Helen in sight.

Kenneth told Jessica that Helen had passed away. Heartbroken yet determined, the widower was still out there every day for hourson end, trying to pay her medical bills even after she passed. He stood outside with his straw hat over his heart, waving to each car that drove past.

Touched to tears,Jessica took to Facebook to see if she could help Kenneth.

Nothing prepared Jessica, or Kenneth, for what happened next…

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Jessica Pittman of Gulfport, Mississippi posted the following on Facebook:


“If y’all need any kindling wood please come buy from this precious 80 year old elderly man. His name is Kenneth. He parks on the corner of Carl leggett and west Taylor Rd. In Gulfport Right near bayou bluff. He is there every day for hours. Selling for $5 a bag.

Background story: Last year he was there selling as well but he had his sweet little wife Helen with him. He was selling to help pay for his wife’s doctor visits and bills.

This year he is alone.”

“He said his wife Helen lost her battle to cancer a few weeks ago and he is still selling to cover pay for her doctor bills.

My heart breaks every time I pass him. He waves at every single car that passes.

Friday I was at the stop sign as a funeral procession was passing by. And he was standing alert with his straw hat over his heart. Precious man. I can’t buy it all!!

Anyway… We can all spare $5 to help this sweet man.”

“After I posted this a go fund me account was created by Kenneth’s son Leslie. Not by me. Here is the link if you aren’t able to go buy kindling from him.

I don’t know the extent of his bills but have been told that he and his wife spent all of their life savings to cover doctor bills over the last few years of her treatment and he is having a hard time making ends meet.

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