Birmingham, Alabama. Makenzie Malone is a woman living in Birmingham who struck up a friendship with a 66-year-old homeless man named Luegen who has been living on the streets outside of her office building.
“Lugene is a man with one of the best smiles I have ever seen,” Makenzie wrote on a GoFundMe page.
“He is 66-years-old, struggling with dialysis, and sadly, a part of the homeless population here in Birmingham, Alabama.”
“I can not count the number of days that I have left my office, only to turn the corner and be greeted by his friendly face. Over the last 5 months, we have grown a close bond.”
“He has been there for me on days when I need to vent, on days when I need someone to enjoy a sunny day with me, on days when I need advice, he has been there.”
“It may seem like an odd friendship, I know, but I believe God brings the right people in your life at the right time.”
Lugene is a daily reminder to Makenzie that friends can be found in the most unlikely of places, and sadly she accepted a new job and is changing offices, so she will no longer be able to see him every day.
“During the last 5 months, Lugene has never asked me for anything, except maybe to share a bag of my grapes, and to fill his water bottle with “iceeee collllld wattttterrrrrr,” Makenzie said.
GoFundMe; pictured above are Makenzie and Lugene