It's time to kick off one of our most rewarding features. The 60 minute Miracle. We set out to find a good samaritan. The goal? To give that person $500 cash and 60 minutes to find someone truly deserving of a gift.
Our sponsor Bob Giles of Giles Automotive explains why he takes part in this very special feature.
"When you're blessed which I have been, with Lafayette and Acadiana, its just a way for me to give back to the community I'm involved in and that I've raised my children in and the community that I love so much. It's just an opportunity to give back." said Giles.
Our adventure began at Academy Sporting Goods on Ambassador Caffery in Lafayette. After several attempts to find a good samaritan we finally met Douglas Dugas. It didn't take Douglas long to decide who he'd give the money to.
"I guess she's about 80-85 years old and she works in the yard every day. She has a son that's handicapped so she's taking care of him too. She's living on a fixed income."
With a recipient in mind, all we had to do was put our plan into action. We hit the road and set out to find the next recipient of the 60 Minute Miracle.
We found Ms. Hassel Simoneaux exactly where Douglas said she would be. Pulling weeds in the common area in the neighborhood. At 85 years old, Ms. Simoneaux cares for her 60 year old handicap son. They live on a fixed income from social security.
"I used to work up to two jobs at a time and I'd live on five hours of sleep cause that was normal for me. And now that I'm older I have to stay home." said Simoneaux
She fills most of her time pulling weeds in the common area in the neighborhood. Sitting on her chair, she hand pulls weeds from the grass one square foot at a time, placing the weeds in a bucket and then picking up her chair, moving it over one foot and starting all over again.
She does all this for the love of her neighbors, but this time, her neighbors are giving back. "I can't tell you how lucky I am and it couldn't have come at a better time." said Simoneaux.
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