Despite the joy and love we are supposed to have at this time of the year, the reality is that not everyone receives kindness, and many are still in many forms of suffering.
Although we really ought to be helping the needy around us always, it never hurts to receive a reminder that comes with this time of the year to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
It is the season for giving, after all – and even those of us who feel like we have nothing to give can still offer words of support and encouragement.
Or, in the case of a homeless man named Ron Howell, the gift of a second chance at life for an abandoned Chihuahua dog.
Ron Howell was a homeless man from Salt Lake City, UT.
He was a familiar sight on the 700 East near the I-80 west offramp, where he frequently spent most of his days holding up a sign near a highway.
He did this on a daily basis in hopes of someone offering him some money so he could continue surviving, or even better – a work offer.
Angel Janes was a woman who had happened to be passing by when she came across Howell, and offered him the only thing she could afford to give him at the time – a stick of cigarette.
It was at that moment she noticed that Howell was holding onto something, and the way he held it against his own body suggested it to be something of utmost importance.
Upon closer inspection, it turned out to be a Chihuahua wrapped up in a tiny blanket.
It was obvious that the dog was Howell’s priority, although it was a mystery as to where he had gotten it from.
Janes couldn’t help inquiring about the dog, and she soon learned the story.
As it turned out, Howell had spotted the poor dog being dumped on the chaotic freeway by a woman in a car, who quickly sped away.
Fearing for the abandoned canine’s life, Howell rushed over to sweep up the dog before it could be run over by the many cars that were speeding down the road.
Since then, he has felt a kindred spirit with this pup, having noted that it was now homeless – just like himself.
Moved by this man’s act of kindness, Janes turned to Facebook to share Howell’s story in hopes of getting him and the dog some help.
Her story spread quickly on the internet, and was soon shared to a Facebook group for local animal lovers by a woman named Kathleen Dallmann.
The dog was quickly given a home – a happy ending. But what of the hero himself?
As it turns out, Dallmann was not an idle person, and couldn’t stop thinking about the man who tried to help while he had nothing.
She then created a fundraising campaign on GoFundMe to get Howell off the streets and into a safe home himself.
As of present writing, the fundraiser is still going strong, and has only secured a little over $6,800 out of the $10,000 goal to help Howell.