This Man's Neighbors Always Have a "Luckie" Day Thanks To His Messages Of Good Cheer
Kenney Luckie pumps up people in his community five days a week, rain or shine. See how he does it, and why he's so passionate about making a difference.
Kenney Luckie has a purpose each and every day: to spread kindness to everyone who crosses his path. And his enthusiasm is contagious.
Luckie lives in a retirement community in Auburn, Alabama. When his girlfriend passed away unexpectedly a few years ago, he fell into depression. Then, he says, a voice told him to get out and do something. To smile at people. Give them an enthusiastic wave. To provide words of support.
Lots of Kenney Luckie's neighbors have a nice day, thanks to his signs of encouragement. People of Alabama
That inspiration lead to the literal "wave" of cheerfulness Luckie provides in his neighborhood every day.
He takes to the main drag near his home every morning and afternoon, waving at folks driving by, holding up hand-made signs, and shouting words of encouragement. It's gotten him attention from the local TV station, and the People of Alabama campaign, which is chronicling some of the state's most amazing residents in recognition of Alabama's bicentennial:
People appreciate Luckie's positivity, as demonstrated by the honking horns and people shouting from their car windows in response.
Luckie's homemade signs demonstrate, in words, his wish for each person he reaches.People of Alabama
"He's just got this big heart and is just this loving person. He was walking one day, and he waved, and the people waved back. It just took off to what it is now," Jason Banks told WRBL-TV. Banks is Director of Oak Park retirement community where Mr. Luckie lives.
Luckie is especially enthusiastic about greeting the school buses that pass by each day, and the kids definitely appreciate it!People of Alabama
People often pull over to say thanks or shake Luckie's hand. School kids make him cards. "Thank you for making me smile every morning. You make me and so many kids happy. You are the highlight of my day," wrote student Ellie Kesse, whose bus passes by Mr. Luckie's location.
Luckie feels good about what he's doing. "I look forward to it every day. Greeting people, waving at them, praying with them, laughing with them, whatever, that's what I'm there for. I'm lifting them up as they do for me each and every single day."