New Orleans Homeless Man Overcomes The Grinch
When the Grinch comes for you, the only way to respond is with Christmas love – and that’s exactly what New Orleans locals did after a homeless man had been ‘humbugged’ by his own city.
John, a homeless man also known as “Philly”, is currently living under the Pontchartrain Expressway in New Orleans in a little tent. To bring a little Christmas spirit to an otherwise dingy living situation, Philly set up a Christmas tree by his tent with all the trappings, including a red bow as a topper.
You can imagine how discouraged he was when he woke up last Friday morning to find that his tree had been removed by the city in a “routine sweep.” The battle for Philly’s tree had begun – find out if the Christmas spirit beat out the city’s Scrooge-like attitude!
Philly set up his beautifully decorated tree under the Pontchartrain Expressway in NOLA to give off some cheer for the holidays only to find that it had been removed by the city during a routine sweep of the area by the sanitation department over one of the city’s code violations. Fortunately, one of Philly’s friends was able to retrieve the tree from a nearby dumpster reported WDSU.
A Second Attack
But apparently the sanitation department was in a particularly Grinchy mood last week, and instead of leaving the tree be, they came back and specifically removed that tree from Philly’s home once more, nothing else. “I don’t know if they were instructed to double back and get the tree — because my tent and everything else — but they pinpointed just the tree,” Philly told WGNO. That’s when the community decided it was time that Philly got some backup…