I was watching President Obama's town hall meeting in Fort Meyers, Florida, when Ms. Henrietta Hughes made a tearful plea to the president to help her. At the time, she was living out of her automobile in a state park.
At the time it moved me to tears. Now it appears it alos moved someone else to tears who could actually do something about it - in an article from the Huffington Post:
If you were paying attention to Obama's stimulus push yesterday it was hard to miss Henrietta Hughes, a woman on the verge of tears who asked the President to help her with an "urgent need": homelessness. After the Florida town hall where Hughes talked to Obama, a local Fort Myers paper says she was offered a home by State Representative Nick Thompson's wife.
Read more from the paper below and here. And watch the exchange between Hughes and Obama below the excerpt.
Henrietta Hughes was offered a home by Chene Thompson, wife of State Representative Nick Thompson, who heard the homeless woman's pleas for help to President Obama before a local and national crowd.
The house is in LaBelle, the first home Chene Thompson bought after law school. She told Hughes, "Just give me the opportunity to help you."
Today I located Representative Thompson's web site and wrote:
To the Honorable Nicholas R. Thompson:
Dear Mr.. and Mrs. Thompson:
Even though I am not from your district (I live in west central Wisconsin)I want to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude and joy that you would, out of the kindness of your hearts, come to the aid of Henreitta Thompson in her time of dire need. I was watching the town hall meeting at the time of its airing and was so deeply moved by Ms. Hughes story that I told my wife that i wished I knew where to send her some money to help her weather the storm.
Then, like angels, you and Chene came to her rescue. You are both good people! God bless you in all your efforts and Florida is lucky to have you representing the state!
Wishing you both all the best!
If you have time, please write to Representative Thompson and encourage such truly Christian behavior. His site is: