An inspirational and moving story out of Destin this weekend. A local man, Clarence Hinch, was driving on Highway 98 Friday evening when he spotted a man wheeling down the road equipped with an orange flag, a couple bags and a sign that said Des Moines, Iowa on the back of his wheel chair.
Hinch pulled over to ask the man where he was coming from, and the homeless man, Bill Lewis, said Tallahassee. Bill had wheeled himself from Tallahassee to Destin and had blisters all over his hands to prove it.
The good Samaritan picked Bill up and checked him into the Summer Place Inn in Destin for a night. Bill says he has a pregnant fiancé at home in Iowa and believes he should be with her through the pregnancy. He was prepared to roll all the way there.
Hotel manager, Mistelle Langen felt compelled to help Bill get home. She decided to post the story on facebook and within two hours, people from all over the country were reaching out to help. They were able to collect enough money to buy Bill a bus ticket home to Des Moines, Iowa.
"You know what, there's feelings like you just don't know. There's excitement. I'm just ecstatic that there are people that are willing to do this," said Bill Lewis.
"We need people that appreciate the small things in life. We have all of this. And he reminded me to remember you have this too," said Hotel General Manager, Mistelle Langen.
Bill says he used to clean windows for a living and lost his legs after falling six stories and landing on his feet in 2005. He came to Florida for a vacation and decided to stay. But on Sunday morning, Bill left from Ft. Walton beach headed for Des Moines, Iowa thanks to several generous and caring people from all over the country.