“I’d rather make the world a better place,” Homeless man’s good deed returned

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KOAA) – Shelby Hudgens doesn’t have much.

“In November, our house caught on fire and we basically ended up kinda just living in the car for a while,” Hudgens said.

For now, he has been calling his car home.

He has a few personal belongings inside and is kept company by his dog, Blackjack.

“It could be worse,” he said.

Drivers soon found out he has something else; a big heart.

“If anybody else gets stuck out here, I’ll be more than happy to push their car,” Hudgens said.

After a snow storm hit the area on Saturday, Hudgens noticed several cars getting stuck in the fresh powder.

For three hours, he pushed car after car over a hill to make sure drivers could make it home.

“I wouldn’t want to just be stuck there, spinning my tires. So anytime anyone wants to lend a hand, it’s always good. It’s just going to make the world a better place,” Hudgens said.

As more drivers noticed him standing in the cold to lend a helping hand, they began offering him food.

“It makes me feel really good, just to be able to help,” he said. “I’ve never really, actually, had that kind of response for anything I’ve ever done, I guess.”

When a crew from KOAA began looking for the homeless man, they spotted him giving his blanket to a homeless woman.

“I already told them, if I had more room in the car, I’d let them in too,” Hudgens said.

When asked why he would go out of his way to help others, he says it is a simple choice.

“I’d rather make the world a better place. It’s not all about me and I’ve got enough to get by,” he said.

When viewers saw his story, a stranger set up a GoFundMe page to help Hudgens get back on his feet.

“I wish that everyone would notice people in need and be able to help them so freely,” said Sarah Webster, who started the GoFundMe page. “There’s a lot of people out there that have more than he has and choose not to help.”

When he learned about the GoFundMe site, Hudgens was overwhelmed with gratitude.

“Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a job just as quickly and everything will just keep snowballing and getting better,” he said.

According to the station’s Facebook page, Hudgens is well-known throughout the community.

Several viewers reported seeing him filling out job applications and asking for food to feed his dog.

As KOAA was showing Hudgens the site, he received a job offer from another viewer.

It’s all because of a good deed that didn’t go unnoticed.

Hudgens said his favorite job was working in an assisted living facility.

He says he hopes to become a certified medical assistant.

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