Tucson woman devotes time to help the homeless
Photo: Video by kgun9.com
Reporter: Cory Marshall
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - By now, you've probably seen it -- it's an act of kindness gone viral. Earlier this month, an Arizona woman visiting the Big Apple, took a photo of a New York Police Officer handing a new pair of boots to a barefoot homeless man.
The story inspired 9OYS to find a hero of the same sentiment in Tucson.
Longtime Tucson resident Clare Hamlet, has volunteered at Casa Maria at least once a week for the last 12 years. The 71-year-old started volunteering after the dealth of her husband, Paul. The couple was married for 36 years.
"I don't think I would have survived the 12 years with what I have gotten from working down here," Hamlet said.
The spunky seventy-something says she truly believes helping others is part of her life's purpose, it's a path her late husband helped inspire.
"The world is a better place for me when I'm not inside of myself," she said.
Suffice it to say, Hamlet's volunteerism isn't a stint.
"I've learned that the people under this little blue planet are all very good people without the same opportunities," Hamlet told 9OYS.
"All people are born equal, but do not have equal chances to live equal," she continued.
*Disclaimer: Hamlet is one of many people volunteering their time across Tucson.