Homeless man helps create charity for kids with cancer, those in need

A Taylor homeless man made a donation to someone he just met.

It was a selfless act that has no sparked a month-long campaign to helps kids with cancer.

"I know our paths were supposed to cross," said Lisa Kujawa. 

It was anything but a chance encounter that Kujawa says  changed her life. 

She was collecting art and supplies last Sunday at Heritage Park to distribute to children with cancer. While planning an art auction to raise money, she says a homeless man road up on his bike. 

"He says 'What are you guys doing,' and I said we were collecting art supplies," Kujawa said. "We have auctions and we're trying to start a camp for kids with cancer. He says, 'I have something that I can donate.'"

Kujawa says she became inspired two years ago to create Golden Key Camp for children with cancer after her 8-year-old nephew died from brain cancer. 

And when she met George Rousch, she had to help him.

"She's a very loving, gracious person obviously," Rousch said. "Very generous."

Rousch had fallen on hard times and recently became homeless. That day he had nothing to eat and nowhere to sleep. 

"She asked where I was going to sleep tonight," said Rousch. "'Probably going to stay in the park, here. under a gazebo, probably under a picnic table.'

"They were like do you have a blanket with you, 'Not with me.'"

After giving Rousch food and blankets, Kujawa shocked when he showed up to her art auction and donated a painting. The money goes toward Kujawa's camp for kids.

"When you touch someone's heart, and they give, that's an act of love," Rousch said. "They were such a blessing, it's like I've got to go and make sure I give that painting to them."

Now, Rousch, staying with family and working with Kujawa, has created a new fundraiser called "Soup and a Dollar:" 

The can of soup to go to homeless shelters, the dollar to go toward Kujawa's camp for children. Together, they both say they only hope to be a blessing to someone else. 

"If I can do that in any small way, I feel my life has meant something," he said. "That it was very well worth while to get up that day."

If you would like to donate to Soup and a Dollar to benefit the homeless and Kujawa's dream to open Golden Key Camp, you can stop by Keck Real Estate on Goddard east of Telegraph over the weekend and throughout the entire month of May. 

You can also donate online HERE.
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