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Meet the 82-Year-Old Woman Known as ‘Mom' Who's Been Caring for the Homeless for 30 Years

Added 10-28-20 07:45:04pm EST - “'Mom' seems to suit her, several times over, as she's taken so many under her wing and encourages others to do the same.” - Westernjournal.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Westernjournal.com: “Meet the 82-Year-Old Woman Known as 'Mom' Who's Been Caring for the Homeless for 30 Years”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Yvonne Franklin of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, has a lot of people who call her “mom” — both related by blood and marriage, as well as those who are not.

Some have given the 82-year-old the title to recognize her unusual generosity and giving spirit, as for more than three decades she’s been helping out the homeless in her area.

“I’ve learned to be helpful for them and I’ve learned not to judge them,” she told People. “I never judge any of them at all because they’re all people.”

To that end, she keeps basic supplies — clothes, blankets, food — in her car at all times in case she comes across someone who could use them. Over the years, she’s worked with a variety of local groups who raise funds to help the homeless.

But Franklin advises that years of experience and a stash of supplies aren’t necessary to make a difference in someone’s life.

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