WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Bob Blackley spent his 59th birthday standing on the corner of an intersection in Winston-Salem giving out $5 bills.
He’s been doing it for three years now. First, it was $700, then $750, and now $800. That’s a $5 bill for 160 people.
On Thursday, Blackley was at the corner of Silas Creek and Peters Creek Parkways with a cardboard sign that reads, “I have a job. I have a home. Could you use an extra $5?”
“Glad I woke up, glad I’m able to do it,” said Blackley. “That’s what life’s all about, smiling.”
Blackley doesn’t care who the people are, or what they plan to do with the money.
“Anything they want, if it puts a smile on their face, it’s theirs. One man told me he had some medicine he couldn’t afford to pay for, this will help pay for it. That’s cool,” said Blackley.
In a world that can be self-obsessed, it’s a gesture some people simply cannot believe.
“‘Are you crazy?’ And get the deer in the headlights look, I tell them ‘no strings, I don’t want your email, I don’t want your phone number.’ And most of the people say ‘God bless,’ a lot of them say ‘give it to somebody else,'” said Blackley.
He hopes to someday win the lottery so he can give out hundreds.
— Michael Hennessey (@mhennesseynews) September 4, 2014