POSTED: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 8:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 8:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Greg Hamblock first met Chris, Megan and their mom Samaria Bonds three years ago in a Baton Rouge homeless shelter. He didn't know it then, but he would soon be volunteering to drop his life and run thousands of miles across the country to raise money for their education.
"Chris and Megan are both really smart kids, they're very important to me. And I know they have tremendous potential but I don't think it's going to be adequately developed just because of their resource situation. So I said I’d put them in a private school," Hamblock explained.
Samaria Bonds says when Hamblock first came to her with his idea to run across the US to raise funds for her kids private education she was speechless.
"I was overwhelmed. I was excited. Because I’ve never had anybody just step up and do something like that for my kids," Bonds described of the moment Hamblock brought his idea to her.
But Megan and Chris are just two children, Hamblock says he knows there are hundreds of kids just like them looking for a better education and better opportunity. He said he doesn't plan to stop with helping those two.
"You have to start somewhere, and if I have to start with two kids and move on from there, whatever criticism I get for that I am willing to bear," Hamblock explained.
Hamblock still has just a little over 1,000 miles left on his cross-country run before he reaches Miami, Florida, he started his journey in Neah Bay, Washington.
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