Letter: I Never Knew He Was Homeless

To the Editor:

I just wanted to let you know that James Patterson’s Dec. 1 article and photographs about Alan Graves presented a very touching story. I have known Alan since he came to town. He just strolled his way through our thrift store, TLC’s, one day while he was in Claremont, and has been a regular customer ever since. He came by the other day just to say hello. In fact, we see him several times a week, and we did not have any idea he was homeless. He has purchased clothing from us and has never asked for a handout whatsoever.

I am glad to have read this story, so I can extend a hand when I see him. He is always good-natured. It saddens me that he has never said a word or asked, so I will be asking if I can help him out. He’s a good man.

It was a great story, and thank you for bringing it to us.

Lenny LeClair



Part One: Alan’s Challenge

Monday, November 25, 2013

Go to www.vnews.com/alanschallenge for all of the stories and photographs in this series. ∎ The Challenge Claremont — “You take one week and think of how you would survive or what you would have to do if all you had was the clothes on your back. Nowhere to go, no money in your pocket. And no clue where to eat. …