(Gilmore, AR) Malcolm Markham is overwhelmed by the generosity poured on him by News Channel 3 viewers.
“I thank you, I thank you for doing this, I really do,” said Markham, as he began to cry.
Wednesday, News Channel 3 handed him some of the money our viewers donated.
When it's all added up it will be well over $1,000.
The hearts of people opened up to the 79-year-old after a story hit News Channel 3 about the elderly man being beaten and robbed of all the money he saved up for Christmas.
“This is what you call bad luck for me and good luck too,” said Markham. “I got the heck beat out of me and ya'll bring me this and it makes my heart beat.”
Markham was trying to help a man who knocked on his door when he was attacked.
Its the same goodness found in people like Joanna Waddell.
“I felt really sad for him,” she said. “He seemed like a good person and he tried to do something to help someone else and he got punished, for that, slapped in the face when he tried to help these people.”
Waddell, an attorney, even reached out to others in her Germantown office, sharing Markham's heart-breaking story.
“Anytime something like that occurs, it's disgusting, I mean it's repulsive, You've got someone trying to help someone else and somebody takes advantage of that,” said Kevin Snider.
Others around the Mid-South joined Waddell and Snyder in the spirit of Christmas. One person donated $1,000 anonymously to make sure Markham and his family have a happy holiday.
“I hope he has a merry Christmas,” said Waddell.
Crittenden County Sheriff's Department says 20-year-old Brandon Wilson is custody in connection with this robbery.
He was picked up in Mississippi County on Wednesday. Investigators are now looking for William Davie.
Anyone wanting to help Markham can send donations to:
- Malcolm Markham
- P.O. BOX 83
- Gilmore, AR, 72339
William Davie is charged with the attack.