Homeless Ga. teen bikes six hours to attend college

Fred Barley

Homeless Ga. teen bikes six hours to attend college

19-year-old Fred Barley was so ready for college he moved into a tent to search for a job.

Fred Barley, a homeless college student, rode his little brother's bike for six hours across Georgia to get himself from Conyers to Barnesville, all so that he could enroll himself in classes at the Gordon College for his second semester at college. He traveled with two duffel bags filled with all he owned, two gallons of water and one box of cereal to eat.

Before the dorms opened in August, Barley arrived at Gordon College and set up a tent in a bush with the intention of living there.

"I was shocked by how much support people will give from Lamar County and counties all over and even people from across the country that I've never met just wanted to help so much in my life".

Fred Barley, 19, emerged, and he had an awesome story to tell - and thanks to the officers' compassionate reaction, his story became even more unbelievable, according to WSB-TV.

They brought him to a local motel and paid for his next two nights.

"After meeting Fred, I could tell he was a good kid", said Officer Dicky Carreker, of Barnesville police.

"I can take it out there and sleep in a tent without a job, or I can come down here and do something and apply my life and make something better for it", he told WAGA News.

"If you live in this area, and you have room in your heart for someone that needs family...please invite him to dinner a few times a month", she wrote Monday.

On July 14, Barley recorded a video, which was posted to the Facebook community page by his girlfriend, Shaina Boyd, thanking everyone who's helped him.

"I created a position for him before he walked in my door", she said. Please let me know and I'll get it to him. There are folks who have donated clothes, school supplies, and a new bike, while others are working on getting him a vehicle. 'I didn't know his name.

"Some of the gifts aren't as important as the friends I've made", Barley told WSB-TV. "I was just so shocked and grateful", Barley said. I didn't know the color of his skin. "More important than everything - the clothes, the shoes - the relationships mean so much more to me".

Blaney also started a Success for Fred Facebook page and GoFundMe page, which has already raised more than $40,000 as of Friday morning.

Asking what she could do for him, he said the only thing he wanted was a job.

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