When police officers were sent to a call after someone had spotted a black man lurking in the bushes in Barnesville, Georgia, they were thinking it would be as easy as writing him a ticket. However, when they arrived, they were left absolutely sickened to realize exactly what he was doing, and it was something they couldn’t ignore.
Barley recorded this video message to thank everyone who’s helped him. At just 19 years old, Fred Barley has proven he knows what he wants out of life and he’ll do anything to make it happen.
Officers found the teen sleeping in a tent over the weekend outside a local college. Instead of giving him a ticket for trespassing, the officers listened to his story – and that’s where this amazing story begins.
Barley, a homeless college student, told the officers he had ridden his little brother’s bike six hours from Conyers to Barnesville to register for classes for his second semester of college. He had two duffel bags carrying all he owned and 2 gallons of water as he rode through the heat of a Georgia summer.
Problem is, the Gordon State College campus dorms don’t open until August, so Barley pitched a tent in some bushes on campus and prepared to spend the next few weeks there, with nothing more than a box of cereal to eat.
Barley spent the day job-searching and had just returned to his tent Saturday night when officers responded to a report of someone sleeping in a tent on campus.
They told Barley to come out with his hands up, but the officers quickly realized that something wasn’t right. They sat down with Barley, who told them his story. The biology major, who dreams of going to medical school one day, told the officers he thought the bushes on campus would be a much safer place for him to sleep than staying in his tent in Conyers.
“We can’t allow you to stay here, but I have somewhere you can stay.” “He was so understanding and he said, ‘I definitely I applaud you for doing this. We can’t allow you to stay here, but I have somewhere you can stay,’” Barley told Man walks 16 miles daily for 2 jobs, gets free car Without a second thought, the officers took him to a local motel and paid for his next two nights.
“The stuff that’s happening with police officers, I am black and he didn’t care what color I was. He just helped me, and that meant a lot,” Barley said.
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Owner Debbie Adamson said she saw his story on Facebook and knew immediately that she wanted to help. Adamson, who’s been through several struggles in her life as well, says they plan to keep him employed and eventually teach him to cook the pizza, while working around his school schedule. “The most shocking part is so many people coming to help a stranger, because honestly in today’s society this sounds like a scam,” Barley said about his story.
People have donated clothes, school supplies, shoes, a new bike and they are working to get him a car. People have also stepped up to take care of his dental and medical needs. Blaney created a Facebook page called Success For Fred and also started a GoFundMe page that’s raised nearly $9,000 in two days.
But Barley says despite all of that, for which he is extremely grateful, it’s the people that mean the most. “Some of the gifts aren’t as important as the friends I’ve made.” One of those connections is Amber Shoemake, who lost her son Leland to a rare brain infection last year. She says she felt an instant need to help Fred. “God bless this sweet guy. Proud to call him a friend,” Amber Shoemake wrote about Fred Barley. “It’s sad because we would do anything to have our child with us, and for him to just be out there with no family, it completely broke my heart,” she said.
Barley plans to attend church with Shoemake and her family on Sunday. He says God has been the driving force that keeps him going. “The Bible says, ‘You can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,’ so I know I can,” he said. “My legs are working. Millions of people walk and bike to work every day. I definitely think I can bike a couple hours to get to my future.”
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Kindness can change a person’s life. All Fred needed was a hand up, and thankfully, he received it. We all should be more like Fred and those who selflessly gave him the boost he needed when they saw a simple way to make a huge difference. The world could be a much different place.