This story is amazing. New Jersey doomsday prepper about to lose his house donates all his supplies to Puerto Rico: https://t.co/93llyQLh2c
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 30, 2017
Look for the helpers, as Mr. Rogers would tell us. Rebecca Everett, for NJ.com:
… Joseph Badame, 74, has spent most of his life building and outfitting his home and outbuildings for the day when, he believes, an economic collapse will make it all necessary for survival…
Badame is an educated, intelligent, mild-mannered architect who is involved in his church, among other things. Until the death of his beloved wife, Phyliss, in 2013, the passion for prepping was something they shared.
The shelter he built and his accumulation of supplies — enough so that 100 people could live there — was Badame’s life’s work. The couple built the place, with its subterranean living area and lead-lined bomb shelter, along with outbuildings. For forty years, they filled them with everything they’d need, from coal furnaces and kerosene refrigerators to barrels of food and other supplies.
But he’s losing it all now, after the bank foreclosed on his property…
“I described myself as a spirit in search of a purpose,” he said.
Remarkably, he found what he was looking for before the estate sale this past weekend, when he met Victoria Martinez-Barber, 30. She and her husband, Anthony Barber, were hired to provide food at the estate sale through Tony & Tori’s Grill, the food truck they run.
Martinez-Barber told Badame that all the money from the food truck was going to help her family in Puerto Rico. They were alive, but homeless and hungry in Arecibo thanks to Hurricane Maria.
He donated $100. Then he showed her his food store room.
“I saw everything that my family would need or eat,” she said with emotion, gesturing to a stack of cans and boxes of Vienna sausages that Badame was using as a seat Monday.
Badame decided that instead of selling the food at the sale, he would give it all to his new acquaintances to ship to Puerto Rico. It will feed people who desperately need it, even if it’s not the people they originally intended.
“I’ve lost everything. My wife, my house, everything,” he said. “The last thing I was going to lose is the food. It was going to be trashed.”
Finding his purpose in getting the food and supplies to Puerto Rico has lifted his spirits. But on top of that, he also found a kind of adopted family. He moved the RV he’s living in into the yard of Barber and Martinez-Barber.
“We joke that he’s my new dad,” Martinez-Barber said, grinning at Badame from her seat on a pile of sandbags in the driveway. Her father died and Badame never had any children, so their accidental but instant connection seems meant to be, they said…
Badame only ever wanted to help people — his prepping was geared towards the dozens of friends and family members he expected would one day desperately need it. Honestly, read the whole thing. Sometimes the angels you’re praying for show up in unlikely guises…