It is not hard to imagine how one feels to get kicked out of the house after staying there for decades. At such trying moments in life, what one needs is a touch of compassion and care, and fortunately for a man in Tennessee, his former classmates were there to help him.
In 2017, Titus Blade Steele, of Memphis, was evicted from his apartment of a decade in Binghampton after having an issue with his landlord, reported WREG. To make matter worse, his 20 cats, allegedly a potential disturbance that he took in from the streets, were kicked out along with him.
Fortunately, the cats weren’t homeless for long as the Memphis Animal Shelter came to take some of them away to put up for adoption. But for the 69-year-old, who loves cats, things weren’t looking good as he had to sell his belongings after the eviction.
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Little did he know that everything was about to change after WREG reporters were contacted by his neighbors. When a reporter arrived to speak to him, the world soon got to know Steele’s story.
He had previously relied on cats to help get him through the darkest moments in life after his brother was murdered.
“That was one of the saddest days of my life because my brother and I were so close,” Steele told WREG.
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Apart from that, Steele was once an accomplished man—a prominent artist who used to be in the news.
When the news about Steele’s homelessness got out, his former classmate reached out to him with many personal letters.
“With your warm and cheerful smile, you broke down barriers and made friends that will last a lifetime,” wrote one of his classmates.
My sisters old friend from her high school days. Johnnie Sue Huddleston and MCA alumni Titus Blade Steele.
The kind classmates never forgot Steele—who’s a talented artist and one of the first African-American students to attend the Memphis Technical School.
“We all appreciate your courage, your talent and your amazing personality,” his classmate Joan Channell, told him, according to WREG. “You became a pioneer in the school system.”
To help him, a few of his classmates put together US$1,500, and the kind gesture left him in tears.
“It’s generous and I feel like I could cry,” Steele said.
While it is important to work hard in life and depend on ourselves, we should always remember that there could be times when we need help from others. This story is definitely proof that there are always kindhearted people who do care for others when they see someone in need.
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