It’s harrowing news to hear that the California wildfires have managed to devastate so many people’s lives. One of these people whose life was left in turmoil was Lee Brundige, a 93-year-old World War 2 veteran. Lee still doesn’t know if his home has actually survived the fire in Paradise, California.
Lee Brundige lives by himself and when he heard about the fires, he evacuated himself and headed to a parking lot in a nearby town. When he got there, he met with other evacuees and a kindhearted woman who was handing out hamburgers to those who were in need of help.
Tracy Grant offered Lee Brundige some food but he turned it down.
Lee told Tracy to save the food for somebody else who may need it more than him. Eventually, the sheriff’s deputies instructed people to leave the parking lot as the air quality was declining and the area was beginning to fill with smoke.
As Lee began to wander away, Tracy asked if he had somewhere to stay. He told her that he was pretty much homeless at this point. But he told them not to worry because he could sleep in his car.
The thought of a 90-year-old man having to sleep in his car after losing his home terrified Tracy and made her feel really bad. She didn’t want him to be taken advantage of by strangers as he was a very vulnerable man.
Tray asked Lee if he would like to stay with her, her boyfriend Josh Fox, and their dogs in their nearby home.
He called me ‘the burger girl’. It took us about 24 hours to convince him to follow me home.
Lee Brundige turned down her offer because he didn’t want to feel like a burden to her. But Tracy didn’t want to give up on this WW2 veteran.
I didn’t like leaving him there, but he’s very independent. So I made sure he had blankets and a pillow, I stayed with him until about midnight.
Eventually, Tracy managed to convince Lee to go back with her to her home. They made the veteran feel right at home and he was so grateful for their kindness.
We found he has many friends and is loved by his community. He can stay with us as long as he would like.
Though the tragic events have been devastating, it’s stories like these that remind us that human kindness still exists.
Don’t forget to watch the heart-warming story of the couple who ‘adopted’ 93-year-old war veteran Lee Brundige in the video below. Also, at Happiest we love hearing all of your opinions. So please let us know what you thought of the article in the comment section. 🐝