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Making A Difference: Unlucky No More

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – What started as a simple gesture turning into a life-changing bond.

This time last week, Austin Smith was homeless and down on his luck. This week, he’s the lucky one. Last Sunday, Glenn Lundy was driving with his son after church when they spotted Austin walking along Winchester Road.

Lundy was once homeless himself.  Without hesitation, Glenn’s son told his dad to help. So they loaded Austin up in the car.

The original plan was just to get him to the place he was going, but those plans changed.

“I just could see how young Austin was. He’s 21 years old …out there in the pouring rain and it just kind of resonated with me. I was there before,” Lundy told LEX 18.

So, they put Austin up in a hotel, took him grocery shopping and even got him the one thing he wanted most…a job.

Less than 12 hours later, Austin was at work at the appropriately named Lucky’s Autosports.

“I wanna say, thank you for blessing me, man and thank you for changing my life,” said Smith.

The blessings don’t stop there. Today, Austin is moving into a sober living facility and his mother is back in his life. Austin knows it will be a long road, but he’s hopeful. With the help of his new mentor, he believes this is the start of something new.

Melissa Ratliff

Melissa Ratliff

Melissa is the Executive Producer of Digital Content at LEX 18.
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