Homeless woman given place to stay by stranger who found her lost wallet
SAN ANTONIO —
Clinique Boyd is thankful to have a roof over her head. It wasn’t too long ago when she had no place to call home.
“Every day was just like trying to survive the next day," the 32-year-old woman from the Northeast Side said.
She spent about 8 months living couch-to-couch and on the streets. She felt like nothing was going her way in life.
“I can't even put it into words,” she told Fox San Antonio’s Ryan Wolf. “It was just beyond devastation."
Adding insult to injury, Boyd lost her wallet outside a Walmart about a year ago. What little cash she had, including her Lone Star card, and personal ID’s, was gone. That is until a stranger reached out to her on Facebook.
“I was beyond elated,” the mother of two said. “I was like 'this is awesome!' The clouds parted. The sunshine came out. I was like wow!"
When Linda Winters arrived with what amounted to Boyd’s only possessions back then, the two immediately hit it off.
“To call her and find out whose wallet this was, and then to find her on the streets, was just like overwhelming,” Winters said.
She thought of her own family struggles. It made her think of her late daughter who died in 2015 from brain cancer.
"I was telling her how grateful I was,” Boyd said. “And she was just like ‘did I need a ride somewhere?’ And from there I just told her my story."
Winters remembers the initial conversation and said it weighed heavy on her heart.
“She was in the corner crying when I came and met up with her, and I gave her a ride, held her hand, and told her I have an extra room," Winters said. "You can come. No fee. Just do what you're supposed to do."
Boyd ended up living with Winters and her family for about the last year. She said it gave her the time she needed to get her life back on track. Boyd now lives with her grandmother and helps with her care. That’s why she nominated Winters for the CASH FOR KINDNESS prize.
"I called Ryan because I didn't know how to tell you how much I appreciate you for everything that you have done for me," Boyd told Winters, who she know considers to be her second mother.
"My spirit was broken and you gave it back to me,” Boyd said. “And I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Boyd reached out to a tearful Winters and gave her a hug. She had no idea about the CASH FOR KINDNESS surprise.
“Here’s $500, $600, $700, $800, $900, $1,000,” Wolf said to her. “That's on behalf of Fox San Antonio, the CASH FOR KINDNESS program and obviously your friend Clinique here.”
Winters gave Boyd another hug. She then turned to Wolf and asked, “Can I hug you too?”
“Of course you can!” he replied.
They both smiled. “Wow!" Wolf said.
“Sometimes when you can't repair your soul you need someone to help you fix it," Boyd said. “She helped fix mine.”
Winters said she plan to use the money to help pay off some bills she was behind on. She also mentioned how Boyd helped her get through the death of her daughter. She believed the lost wallet may have been a sign from above.
Click the link to nominate someone for the $1,000 CASH FOR KINDNESS prize.