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Marine Veteran Humbled By Act Of Kindness, Community Gift

| by Emily Smith
Ron Chappell with truckRon Chappell with truck

Georgia man and Marine Corps veteran Ron Chappell was humbled by a surprising act of kindness.

Chappell has lived in south Georgia since 1975 and has made a living by cleaning windows, First Coast News reports. Because he had no vehicle, he often walked to work or hitchhiked to get from job to job.

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On some days, Chappell walked more than eight miles to complete his work.

Recently, local businessman Tim Gentry, who was also a Marine, noticed Chappell walking to work on a particularly hot day.

“Usually, someone gets him, and I guess I was a little disappointed no one got him,” Gentry told First Coast News.

Gentry decided to pick Chappell up, then went a step further and created a GoFundMe account to buy Chappell a bike.

Over $700 was raised in under an hour for Chappell, who often whistles while he works and is known locally as the “Whistlin Man.” Gentry noted that the money is a testament of what people think of Chappell and how much they appreciate him.

Gentry then decided to raise money for a truck. With the help of the community, he was able to surprise Chappell with a truck on his 61st birthday.

“He was crying now, and then he made me cry when I saw him crying,” Gentry said. “Two Marines standing outside crying.”

Chappell said that “business is booming” now that he has a truck to get around.

Sources: First Coast News, The Brunswick News

Photo Credit: Lisa Robbins/First Coast News, Bobby Haven/The Brunswick News