TYLER, TX (KLTV) - He reached out to help a stranger in need and lost almost everything. The help for a good Samaritan in East Texas just keeps coming in.
Ozzle Jett's act of kindness only took a few minutes, but it was enough for his home to catch fire and burn to the ground.
East Texas wasted no time in rallying behind one of their own. Last Friday Jett walked away from a home reduced to ashes with nothing but his pickup truck and his dog 'Trouble.'
Now, Jett may not have a new home, but he says he is one step closer to starting a new life.
The post office has stayed busy on Jett's street, delivering checks, packages of food or clothing, and encouraging letters to the man who thought of others before himself.
Some more community support surprised Jett in a ceremony at the South Central Church of Christ. Attorney Keith Miller presented Jett with a check for $5,000 to help replace what he lost in the blaze.
"People come by, giving me up, building me up, talkin' to me, [saying], 'Don't give up. Keep on going,'" said Jett. "That's what I do. I know I can't replace some of the stuff I've lost. I don't even worry about that, but I'm moving on."
Jett says the check as well as the thousands of dollars he received through the mail will go toward a new home. Also in attendance in Wednesday's ceremony was Jett's sister, Margaret.
She said she wasn't surprised by her older brother's actions, saying putting others first was just the way they were raised.