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Homeless veteran in Poplar Bluff inspires formation of non-profit

Floyd Huffman, a homeless veteran, spent his Thanksgiving delivering meals to others. Floyd Huffman, a homeless veteran, spent his Thanksgiving delivering meals to others.
Pruitt and the other volunteers received more donations than they knew what to do with, some from nearly 1000 miles away. Pruitt and the other volunteers received more donations than they knew what to do with, some from nearly 1000 miles away.
“I couldn’t sleep Thursday night,” Marine "Red" Chambers said, “and when I got up early Friday I knew that we had to help him because too many people are overlooked today… we take too many things for granted.” “I couldn’t sleep Thursday night,” Marine "Red" Chambers said, “and when I got up early Friday I knew that we had to help him because too many people are overlooked today… we take too many things for granted.”
After making sure Huffman was taking care of, they set their minds on continuing the story by forming a non-profit called “Helping Heartland’s Heroes.” (Source: Tina Marie Pruitt) After making sure Huffman was taking care of, they set their minds on continuing the story by forming a non-profit called “Helping Heartland’s Heroes.” (Source: Tina Marie Pruitt)
“He’s the tip of the iceberg,” Chambers said. “We were led to not only help him, but it's opened our eyes and we’ve gotten so much that now we can track down and help more vets and homeless people.” (Source: TIna Marie Pruitt) “He’s the tip of the iceberg,” Chambers said. “We were led to not only help him, but it's opened our eyes and we’ve gotten so much that now we can track down and help more vets and homeless people.” (Source: TIna Marie Pruitt)
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

While many of us were warm and dry this Thanksgiving, a Poplar Bluff man who didn’t have much more than the clothes on his back was putting food on someone else’s table.

Donations flooded in over the weekend after people heard the story of Floyd Huffman, an impoverished veteran whose giving spirit is spreading like wildfire.

“It takes a simple act of kindness to get the ball rolling, and I believe we’ve accomplished that today,” explained former marine Robert “Red” Chambers on Saturday. “We know [homelessness] is out there, and we don’t give it the attention it truly deserves.”

Tina Marie Pruitt and her son Trevor were driving home from Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday night, when they saw US Navy Veteran Floyd Huffman walking through a downpour of rain.

“I asked him when I met him, ‘What do you need?’” Chambers said, “and the only thing he told me he wanted was a change of clothes. He said there’s too many people out there who need more than him.”

Since 2008, Huffman battled temptations of drugs and alcohol on the streets of Poplar Bluff.

“You’d be surprised at how many people are in abandoned houses and just walking the streets,” Huffman said. “I’ve been sleeping at the railroad depot and under bridges… around town anywhere I could get dry. The day before thanksgiving a friend of mine had this apartment, and she’s letting me live here until I get on my feet again.”

The Pruitt’s first encounter with the Huffman was on Thanksgiving day, when they saw him walking through sheets of rain with a cardboard box.

“There was some local people here that were sick, so I picked them up a dinner and brought it to their house for them,” Huffman said. "I was just trying to help others who couldn’t get out.”

Pruitt says Huffman had one change of clothes, a single-burner hot plate, and a few other things to his name when they met him.

Touched by his generosity, Pruitt set out to change things with a plea for help on her Facebook page.

Marine Robert Chambers was among thousands who saw her post, and couldn’t get its message out of his mind.

“I couldn’t sleep Thursday night,” Chambers said, “and when I got up early Friday I knew that we had to help him because too many people are overlooked today… we take too many things for granted.”

Pruitt and the other volunteers received more donations than they knew what to do with, some from nearly 1000 miles away.

After making sure Huffman was taking care of, they set their minds on continuing the story by forming a non-profit called “Helping Heartland’s Heroes.”

“He’s the tip of the iceberg,” Chambers said. “We were led to not only help him, but it's opened our eyes and we’ve gotten so much that now we can track down and help more vets and homeless people.”

“If there’s anything I can do to help them I will,” said Huffman on Saturday through tears. “I’ve never had anyone reach out to me like this, and I can’t thank them enough.

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