If you need a little Christmas, how about this story of the goodwill extended to a man who had fallen on hard times ahead of the holidays.

“I was driving down the freeway in Houston, and I saw this guy standing on the side of the road holding a sign that said ‘I Need a Bus Ticket to Alabama,’ and I wanted to help him out,” good Samaritan Frank Richardson, 63, told The Post of his altruistic encounter with then-stranger Doug Phelps on Saturday.

Phelps shared his hard-luck tale with Richardson and the NY Post telling them that he’d recently relocated to Texas seeking work in the construction field but hadn’t been able to secure steady employment.

“He told me he came to Houston looking for work,” Richardson, a financial advisor of 40 years, said. “He didn’t have any money when he got here. He slept under some bridges, and it wasn’t pretty. He just wanted to go home for Christmas to see his family.”


After getting Phelps, who hadn’t eaten in days, some food Richardson drove Phelps to the bus station, bought him a ticket to Alabama, and sent him on his way to his joyful reunion with family.

“My heart was full. It was a blessing to see him getting on the bus headed home. I cried for almost 24 hours after that,” Richardson said.

In the days since their kindly rendezvous, Phelps, n reached out to Richardson, expressing deep gratitude for benevolence.

“He called me and said, ‘Frank, I can’t believe that I’m home, with my family, sitting in front of a Christmas tree. I can’t thank you enough for that. I was like, ‘Wow,’ ” Richardson said.

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