Stranded in Memphis, a 30-year-old Utah man kayaking his way down the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, was robbed in the Bluff City.
Left with nothing and no one to turn to Oct. 5, David Stewart found out just how generous Memphians can be.
The adventurer can continue to his ultimate destination, the shores of Costa Rica.
"Later on that evening I came back about 7 o'clock," he recalled. "It was raining. I went down to where my kayak had landed. Where it was parked, it was gone.
Stewart was robbed blind on the Memphis river bank. His $1,500 kayak and all his supplies were gone. This was the first time anything had been stolen from Stewart in the many stops made since his September start.
After Stewart told police what happened, word began to spread and the Memphis community stepped up to help the stranded traveler.
"A lot of Memphians donating camping gear and cash to buy him additional gear, and that's the Memphis we all know," said Joe Royer.
Outdoors Inc. donated a new kayak to Stewart and Mayor A C Wharton donated $100 of his own money.
With the help of the same city where someone robbed him of everything, Stewart is ready to continue his journey south with full gear and supplies. He says he will always remember Memphis, not for its crime but for its kindness to strangers.
"It's amazing. I'm actually overwhelmed at all the generosity of Memphis," Stewart said. "Memphis has opened their arms, embraced me. They've donated a kayak, money. How grateful I am."
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