TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Last week, we brought you a story about a homeless man who was able to help police foil a burglary in Tyler. Since then, many of you have asked us if he received a reward for his actions. The answer? Yes...but not from law enforcement.
"I was down and out," said Wayne Favorite. "I had no one to turn to and the Lord reached out to me, and I took his hand and he saved me when I couldn't save myself."
East Texans are connecting with those words.
"He (God) is worthy," said Favorite. "He's worthy. There's only one."
Since helping police catch up to some alleged burglars by writing a license plate number in the dirt, people have been wanting to give back to Favorite. Some have wanted to buy him clothes or give him money. One East Texan, who wants to remain anonymous, bought him a bus ticket to go see his 71-year-old mother in Florida.
"I gave it to Allen the manager of the hobby shop and I said, 'Here, you hold this until the 14th so I don't lose it and it don't get wet and I can get on that bus to Florida,' and this lady she [is] real special," said Favorite.
"She told him, 'Well, I am going to get you a bus ticket it but it's going to be two weeks before you can leave,'"said Allen Bridges. "He says, 'I don't care, I want to go see her,' and she asked him, 'Where are you going to stay?' He said, 'No, I am going to come back. I like Tyler. The people in Tyler are just friendly.'"
And there's one more thing he's being offered. A local business man wants to give him a construction job.
"The people here, they're warm hearted Christian people, and I'm so thankful that they've reached out and given their support to a homeless man," said Favorite.
Life has been tough for Favorite, but he said things are turning around.
We're told the woman who bought Favorite's bus ticket was laid off six months ago. She was re-hired last week, and the day after our report aired she paid for Favorite's trip. He is heading to Florida on May 15th.