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This 80 year old man is selling firewood to pay wife's medical bills

An 80-year-old from America has touched the hearts of thousands around the world, after one woman shared his story.

old man cutting wood for medical bills
old man cutting wood for medical bills

An 80-year-old from America has touched the hearts of thousands around the world, after one woman shared his story.

Kenneth Smith, from Mississippi, has been spending his days by the roadside, selling bags of kindling.

While this might seem normal enough, this is the only way Kenneth has been able to make any extra income – being an elderly man on just social security to survive.

Tragically, two years ago his wife Helen was diagnosed with lung cancer – with her passing away a few weeks ago.

Her cancer battle took all of their income and savings, and has left Kenneth practically penniless.

Local resident Jessica Pittman was galvanised to act, after she spotted Smith taking his hat off for a passing funeral car.

“My heart breaks every time I pass him” Jessica wrote on Facebook.

In the post, that has since been shared 9,000 times, Jessica pleaded with locals to buy a bag of kindling from Kenneth to help him pay off his medical bills.

Instead, people went one step further – donating to the fundraising page set up by Kenneth’s son.

Of the $60,000 goal, almost $45K has been raised – from people all over the world moved by his plight.

Kenneth, who says he’s been overwhelmed with the response, said the efforts to help him have made him think he lives in a good country.

On the Go Fund Me page, Kenneth’s son Leslie writes that his father has been “a hard working man all his life.”

“His wife lost her battle with cancer a few weeks ago and now his income has been cut in half. They spent their life savings during her cancer battle. He is still selling fire wood for extra income but some people have asked if they could help him out so this is the reason I have setup this account for him.”

You can donate to his cause here.