I’m sure many people think of the homeless as lazy or just beggars. And I’m also sure there are many exceptions to this and I see one almost every day. His name is James and he rides a bike with many baby buggies trailing behind. They are full of his life.

He is a quiet man and I’m sure many have seen him at Eglin and Racetrack in a downpour, cleaning out the storm drains full of garbage so the road doesn’t flood. He also walks the median strip at the lights and picks up butts and trash. He stayed up all night during a storm to help a business owner watch the water level and turn the pumps on so the business didn’t flood. Recently I witnessed James cleaning up the mess left behind by all the people who fish near the Shalimar Bridge. He had gathered six large bags of garbage. This is a very busy fishing spot and sadly, most people either leave their trash or put it by the ever-overflowing garbage can.

If you see James, give a beep and a wave.

Chrissy Cadogan, Shalimar