Police in Barnesville, Georgia rushed over to Gordon State College after receiving a complaint of a tent pitched outside the school. They told the tent’s occupant to exit the tent with his hands in sight. So Fred Barley, a homeless student, emerged.
The nineteen year old biked six hours to the college town so he could job hunt before the dorms opened in August.
The biology major, who had just enrolled in his second semester, brought only his tent, some water, a box of cereal, and a few personal belongings… Talk about dedication to getting an education, despite impossible circumstances.
The officers, taking “protect and serve” seriously, brought Barley to a motel and paid for a two-night stay.
“I could tell he was a good kid … who had been dealt a bad hand,” officer Dicky Carreker tells the Barnesville Herald-Gazette. Carreker’s wife was so moved by Barley’s story that she posted it on a community Facebook page.
Once her Facebook post began circulating, locals decided to get involved to make sure Barley could have a successful year in school.
Casey Blaney, the owner of the motel where he was staying paid for his room through Monday, when he’ll be allowed to move into the dorms early. Barley also got a job at a local pizza place and received a variety of donations from locals including school supplies, clothes, and a new bike.
Once Barley’s story started making national news, impressed people everywhere got involved to help the dedicated student. Blaney started a ‘Success For Fred’ GoFundMe page which shattered the $ 30,000 goal, reaching over $ 51,000 in only two days.
Barley has since recorded this thank you video for all his supporters.
“I can’t begin to come up with half the words to explain how much I feel,” the aspiring doctor said. “I’m in total shock.” He also promised to save the money as best he could and even offered to keep his supporters updated on his performance in school.
So, there is some hope left for humanity, after all. Yes, there are people causing traffic accidents over Pokémon Go, and tragedy / political violence seems rampant, but there are also incredibly determined students and people with the good sense to help them out. (h/t wsb-tv)
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