Donny's Ramblings

Man On the Street: Meet Willy

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When a change of perspective is needed, sometimes God works in mysterious ways.

Meet Willy:
Willy in Downtown Redding

Willy lives at the local rescue mission. He was hit by a car a few months ago, on Dec 28th. He receives no government financial assistance. Yet despite being homeless and injured, his attitude is amazing.

I met him while out walking this morning, and when I left to continue the walk he told me that if I ran into anyone who needed an encouraging word I should send them to him. He said he’d tell them, “You tell me what’s buggin’ ya. I promise when I’m through laughin’ I’ll see if I can help ya.”

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In His Own Words, video, 2 minutes, 50 Seconds:

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My Thoughts After Talking To Willy, audio, 3 minutes, 30 seconds (click the arrow or right click here to download the file):

8 thoughts on “Man On the Street: Meet Willy

  1. That is excellent! I enjoyed the interview a good deal.

    – David

  2. That is excellent! I enjoyed the interview a good deal.

    – David

  3. Makes me kinda wonder “what the heck am I worrying about?”

    Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

    If God can take care of Willy, he can take care of me. (Matthew 6)

    Thanks for sharing that perspective, Donnny – we all need a reminder of that sometimes.

    Love the quote he made – lol

  4. Makes me kinda wonder “what the heck am I worrying about?”

    Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

    If God can take care of Willy, he can take care of me. (Matthew 6)

    Thanks for sharing that perspective, Donnny – we all need a reminder of that sometimes.

    Love the quote he made – lol

  5. What an encouraging post! Thanks Donny.

  6. What an encouraging post! Thanks Donny.

  7. The Greatest Homeless Advocate Redding and Shasta County California Has !!!

  8. I have known Willy for 14 years he is a wonderful man but I moved from Redding and have been wondering about him I’m glad you got video of him.Let me tell you a little about him When I first met Willy he was sitting on the same bench you videotaped him he didn’t shake my hand but said hello later I found out he is a germaphobic.We would talk to him for hours and most of the time you were laughing so hard and trying to catch your breath.My friends and I would visit him everyday.Later we adopted as our Uncle and my sons called him Uncle Free Willy he would just laugh and make the kids start giggling.Thank you Donny for showing the nicest and funniest man I
    know Much love to You Willy From Charlotte Hernandez and Jerry and Nicky Simart

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