Goodwill Tour 2013

giving back

Broken Down in Albuquerque

M here, on the way back East from an extended stay in Sacramento, CA. We had a nice drive through Yosemite, Pasadena, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon — wow … Continue reading

June 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

Lost & Hopefully Found

M checking in from California, April 2014. The Goodwill Tour 2013 is always on our minds, especially when we run across someone who might enjoy or benefit from our stories or, … Continue reading

April 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

“Cash for the Poor? A tale of unconventional givers”

Wow, Philanthropy magazine ran a feature article on the Goodwill Tour 2013! Click on the pdf file here to read. Enjoy and let us know what you think! Philanthropy Article … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · Leave a comment


June 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

A hard worker

Mike runs the Wyethville Greyhound stop, a trailer parked by a McDonalds about 8 miles from Wytheville. It’s a big junction, at the I-81 and I-77 split, which is why … Continue reading

June 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Drugs, the Fed, and Freedom

Fred needed help. Leaning on his cane in the McDonalds parking lot, he listened intently as the Greyhound driver explained to Fred that the criminal justice system had failed him … Continue reading

June 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

She’s a fine girl (Brandy)

One of the Greyhound rules is that you can’t see the routes on a map. While jumping on the next bus has worked at a few stops, we had to … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Winston-Salem, Runing Man, and Greyhound mischief

For the second time only this trip, we took a cab, back the two highway exits we had walked the day before to get from the “Hickory” stop to Hickory, … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Wishing Corey well

Sorry if I’ve misspelled your name, Corey. I know you won’t mind, you’re too sweet to complain. Corey had gotten off the bus at the Citgo where we got on. … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · 3 Comments

A song in her heart

Lauren’s guitar was in its case when we walked up, but it wasn’t long before she was coaxed to sing us a song. Her voice was melodic, pure and lovely, … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Carolina sky & a few new friends

What an interesting day! And one full of insight into the workings the Greyhound world. (Making a page for that, so see the menu above).We left the hotel just in time … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

Not good days

Mornings are rarely easy and are harder for some. She was eating with an older friend and her teenage son, and it was not a good day, possibly at the … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

A little pick me up

The hood high in the air and the dirty air filter on the sidewalk indicated that the couple’s day was not going as planned. This was confirmed by the grumbles … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · 2 Comments


Traveling west in NC, Samantha was Jay’s seat partner. Recently released from NC correctional facility, she was on her way to visit a friend in Hickory. Mother of Tony (2) … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

For Elena

This entry is not for someone we met. It’s for someone we will never meet again. My friend Mike lost his wife Elena this weekend. She had battled a blood … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Back on the Wrong Side of Town

We took an easy afternoon today to relax, catch up on the blog and then find a laundromat where we thought to find someone in need and to launder some 5 lbs … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Wrong side of the tracks

Landing at the Raleigh, NC, bus station, we slipped envelopes to our new friends from the Richmond bus and disappeared into the station. At this point, the random bus is getting … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Pete, Scam Boy, Haitian Dad, Pregnant Soldier, Mary, and the next destination

Wow, we’re tired. Made it to NC after a full, full day in Richmond. After breakfast, we returned to the station to find the next bus, there being a choice … Continue reading

June 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Bus Grandma

We left FedEx, me now 13 lbs lighter, and, following Jazminn’s advice, grabbed a bus rather than trying to walk the 3+ miles to Kitchen 64 for breakfast. Would be … Continue reading

June 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Shedding Pounds!

A most painful experience this morning. Were going all backpack and no luggage. After a bout of separation anxiety over a favorite shirt, my computer bag and five pars of … Continue reading

June 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Eggs Benny

Jay ordered eggs benedict for breakfast. All good. Then he asked for no egg yolks. What? This led, of course, to a long discussion of the aesthetics of the Eggs … Continue reading

June 22, 2013 · 2 Comments

Ghost Lady

Great lunch!  Jay promised that Richmond has good food. Says somebody must have started making better food and then all the restaurants in town got going to complete. Well, I … Continue reading

June 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Nathaniel Bacon’s land

The Bacon of Bacon’s Rebellion had some land along the James River, which we came across today while walking across Richmond. He rebelled against the elites of colonial Virginia, but … Continue reading

June 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

Landon the Copywriter Intern

I got it in my head that I’d go talk to the marketing firm that we came across while walking through the Fan neighborhood in Richmond near Virginia Commonwealth University.Jay … Continue reading

June 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Meeting Tony (on the way to Richmond)

Arrived at the train station after a small incident: I got caught in the door of the metro train and we were almost separated at the start! A small fight … Continue reading

June 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

Starting out, Friday, June 21

Off we go!

June 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

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