The Good Will of Strangers
Bill Shephard was unemployed and needed money, so he put his army medal up for sale.
Strangers come to the aid of an unemployed army veteran
Bill Shephard returned from a tour of duty in Iraq in 2009 and went back to work at his job at Best Buy. Soon after, however, his department was closed and he found himself out of a job. When his unemployment benefits ran out he turned to odd jobs but he had a hard time making ends meet, so he made a painful decision: he put the Army Achievement Medal he earned in Iraq up for sale on eBay, stating that his intention was to earn enough money to buy a lawnmower and start a landscaping business. Many of the people who saw his ad on eBay were touched by his plight, and they responded in kind. Though the medal is worth very little, the bidding price skyrocketed, reaching $5,200. He also received donations, along with offers of clothes and jobs. Shephard reacted by saying "It was beyond anything I would ever have expected."
This is the kind of story that restores one's faith in humanity.
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