Alcide Dominique of Dominique Auto Gross sales in Opelousas, Louisiana, informed Fox Information that it is commonplace for there to be any person sleeping in his automotive lot, positioned in an “underprivileged neighborhood.”
“Typically they’re sleeping within the automotive, generally they’re sleeping within the boats, generally they’re sleeping underneath the awnings,” Dominique mentioned.
Jamie, nevertheless, was completely different, in keeping with Dominique.
“He was very form. … He was simply joyful to be with individuals who had been … treating him like a human being,” he mentioned.
It was a wet morning on April 22 when Dominique and his worker Sean first discovered Jamie on their porch. Jamie, now 33, discovered himself on the streets a couple of years in the past after his grandparents, who had been caring for him, handed away, Dominique found.
He and Sean drove Jamie to get a sizzling meal, paid for him to remain at a neighborhood motel for the night time and even picked up some provides for him at Walmart.
“All we had been doing was simply being a good friend and getting him one thing to eat and getting him a room,” he mentioned. “That is all that we had been planning on doing.”
Sean had recorded their whole interplay with Jamie, from getting him meals to dropping him off on the native inn, and posted it to TikTok. The clip has already amassed over 10 million views.
Unexpectedly droves of individuals from all walks of life began to succeed in out and ask how they might assist. Many provided to pay for him to remain one other night time on the motel.
Then donations began rolling in.
“In a single night time, I feel we acquired possibly about two to a few thousand [dollars],'” Dominique recalled. “It was like a blessing. … He did not have to return on the road.”
To hold observe of the donations, they created a GoFundMe web page, #helpjamie, which has since introduced in additional than $23,000.
“I imply the generosity of so many individuals .. .who simply trusted us … is superb to me,” the businessman mentioned. “I feel I might be sort of skeptical myself about sending cash to an entire stranger off of one thing that I noticed on TikTok. And that is the place I am impressed.”
Nevertheless it’s not simply cash. Individuals from everywhere in the world have despatched Bibles, garments and fundamental condominium furnishings and provides to the automotive lot.
Dominique mentioned the aim is to maintain him off the streets completely.
“It will be a tragedy for him to finish up being on the streets once more a yr from now,” he mentioned. “So our aim is to work with him and take the time that we have to discover him some rent-reduced flats, maybe a part-time job, transportation [like] a bicycle or a automotive.”
They’re taking it “one step at a time,” he mentioned.
Nonetheless, Dominique famous that he is removed from the one one altering this man’s life.
“It is my buddy Sean. It is my gross sales supervisor Alex. It is our salesman Walter. It is America. It is the world,” he mentioned.
The unimaginable effort by numerous strangers has been inspirational. he mentioned.
“It’s important to ask your self what’s essential in life. [Is it] getting off work at 5 o’clock and going dwelling to look at TV, or is it me getting off work at 5 o’clock to go examine on any person and see in the event that they’re OK?”